By Ryan Bushey
Cataracts, a common condition related to aging where the lens of a person’s eye clouds up, affecting vision, can occur due to a variety of reasons like long periods of sunlight exposure or diseases, such as diabetes.
Tools like new eyeglasses or brighter lighting could help with the early symptoms of cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute, but surgery to remove the lens and replace it with an artificial one becomes necessary if the aforementioned solutions don’t work.
Researchers in Spain have created a hand-held device called SimVis to assist those individuals who need to undergo surgery in selecting the best artificial lens.
"Currently, the decision on which intraocular lens is implanted during cataract surgery is typically based on the explanations and experience of the surgeon," said Carlos Dorronsoro, Ph.D., first author of the paper and a research scientist at Spain’s Institute of Optics, CSIC, in a statement. "But it is difficult for patients to imagine the new visual experience provided by some of these lenses, therefore, it is very difficult to make the decision." Click to read more