Spectral properties of common intraocular lens (IOL) types

Peter J. Milne, Pascal F. Chapon, Marie Hamaoui, Jean Marie Parel, Henry Clayman, Pascal Rol

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Currently over 50 kinds of intraocular lenses (IOLs) are approved for patient use in the treatment of cataracts and ametropia. These lenses are manufactured from at least 2 kinds of silicones as well as several kinds of acrylic polymers including polyHEMA, poly HOXEMA, a range of polymethacrylate and polyacrylate formulations. We sought to measure spectral mission curves of a range of IOLS in the UV-visible and near IR spectral regions in order to better characterize their optical properties and to provide a baseline from which to assess their alteration following implantation over time. Consideration of how this may best be achieved are discussed. The variable ability of both explanted IOLs and some samples from a range of manufacturers to block UV wavelengths is commented upon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-258
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Ophthalmic Technologies IX - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 23 1999Jan 25 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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