I have macular degeneration can I have SML lens implantation?

Of course! Our doctors have experience with SML, EyeMax Mono and other telescopic intraocular laens implants. The SML (Scharioth Macula Lens) is another type of intraocular lens (IOL) specifically designed for patients with macular diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here’s some information about the SML:

  1. Purpose: The SML has been developed to help patients with macular degeneration, especially those who have difficulty with central vision tasks like reading. It’s designed to provide magnification to aid in these tasks.
  2. Design: The SML features a central magnifying portion within the IOL. This central area provides a +10D (Diopter) addition, offering a magnified image of what’s directly in front of the eye, aiding the remaining healthy retinal cells in the macula to capture more detailed visual information.
  3. Implementation: Typically, the SML is implanted during cataract surgery. Once the natural, clouded lens is removed, the SML can be placed in the same capsular bag. However, for those who’ve already undergone cataract surgery with a standard IOL implant, another option would be a supplementary IOL placement where the SML is added in front of the existing IOL.
  4. Outcomes: Patients who have received the SML implant have reported improved reading abilities and better performance in tasks requiring detailed vision. However, as with any intervention, results can vary among individuals.
  5. Benefits: The primary benefit of the SML is its magnifying capability, which can assist patients with macular degeneration in tasks they find challenging, like reading or seeing detailed images.
  6. Limitations: The magnifying effect is beneficial for near tasks, but the lens does not restore vision to its pre-degeneration state or cure macular degeneration. Additionally, the magnified view is specific to the central portion of the visual field, so peripheral vision remains unaffected.

If considering the SML or any other IOL, it’s essential to consult with an ophthalmologist to discuss potential benefits, risks, and the procedure itself.

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