Cataract and Maculopathy

Maculopathy causes a decreased central vision, making it difficult to drive, read and face recognition. Maculopathy often affects old people and so it is frequently associated with cataract.

When maculopathy and cataract are experienced together, it is best to cure maculopathy first, and then move onto cataract; this is because vision lost because of maculopathy is hard to restore, while vision lost because of cataract can be easily restored after surgery.


Today, there are intraocular lenses especially developed for patients with advanced maculopathy and cataract, that can significantly improve vision enlarging the image and moving it on a healthy portion of the retina.

Maculopathy in fact, affects the central part of the retina (called macula), but portions around are perfectly healthy. Moving the image with this lens improves vision.

The latest innovation in curing maculopathy and cataract is the new intraocular lens called iolAMD, that is composed of two intraocular lenses, placed inside the eye during standard cataract surgery.

4231_LEHP_iolAMD_2415This lenses have a sophisticated geometry and function just like a galilean telescope that enlarges the image of 1.3 times and moves it on a healthy portion of the retina; this portion then replaced the functionality of the macula. Depending on the disease degree, patients can also start reading or driving again after surgery.

This surgery that cures both maculopathy and cataract can be compared to cataract surgery; it lasts for about 10 minutes and is performed with topic anesthesia, using a collyrium.

Dr. Badalà contributed developing this lens and is the first italian surgeon that used it. In September 2014, he showed the first usage data during the European Cataract Surgery Convention (ESCRS).

Salvatore Casale, Catania

Votazione: Eccellente
Problem: Cataract, Myopia
Lately I had noticed that myopia was getting worse, having me to change glasses every six months. Dr. Badalà explained me that cataract was the problem and with cataract surgery he could remove cataracts and myopia at t... Keep on reading this reviewhe same time.

I arrived at his clinic  with some tension, but I noticed an excellent organization and the great professionalism of all the staff, from the reception to the medical and nursing staff.

Dr. Badalà welcomed me with great cordiality, he explained the stages of the operation, giving me peace of mind and security.

The surgery lasted about ten minutes and took place under local anesthesia, so I could follow all its phases, without feeling any pain. After a couple of hours I went back to the hotel, seeing well with the operated eye.

After a week I underwent cataract surgery in the other eye, and I could go back to my home town with 10/10 distance vision, totally eliminating the myopia that I had since I was a boy.

I was very surprised to have been able to see clearly immediately after surgery and did not have trouble or need any bandage.

I suggest this surgery because it easily solves cataract and myopia problems and, at the same time, I could appreciate the remarkable competence, professionalism and humanity of the doctor and his staff.