Damien Gatinel, MD, Phd, and Susana Marcos, PhD, explore the intersection of optics and ophthalmology, highlighting the growing role of optical simulations in optimizing outcomes
Firenze, Italy – At the AECOS European Symposium 2023, renowned ophthalmologists Dr. Damien Gatinel and Susana Marcos shed light on the significant impact of optical simulations in enhancing surgical outcomes and improving intraocular lens (IOL) selection.
During the symposium, Dr. Damien Gatinel highlighted the exciting advancements made possible by visual simulators like SimVis Gekko, particularly for patients undergoing refractive surgery. He emphasized the vast number of simulations now available thanks to progress in micro-optics and computational power. Additionally, Dr. Gatinel expressed enthusiasm for analyzing the wide range of new lenses entering the market. However, he emphasized that the true measure of success lies in the acceptance and visual experience provided by these IOLs when coupled with the retina and the brain.
The focus of the session was to delve into understanding the optical properties of lenses and their impact on the retinal image quality and perceived vision. They discussed the observation of neural adaptation to chromatic aberration in visual simulations and the importance of considering the optical lens characteristics along with its implantation in the eye.
“The ability to test optical lenses with SimVis Gekko is incredibly exciting, especially for patients seeking refractive surgery for cataracts” said Dr. Gatinel. “Colleagues who have used it have shown great interest.“
“While we have an abundance of simulations due to advances in micro-optics and computer power, it is crucial to remember that patient acceptance and real-world visual experiences with these IOLs, alongside the retina and the brain, remain paramount” added Dr. Gatinel.
Understanding the principles of the lens and its optical quality, coupled with visual simulations, plays a vital role in comprehending how patients perceive and tolerate different lenses.