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).

Sebastiana Finocchiaro, Catania

Votazione: Eccellente
I had big problems due to cataract and high myopia (-20) with astigmatism (-2.0) in both eyes. So, a year ago, I underwent the crystalline lens replacement surgery with intraocular lens implantation.

I often did not r... Keep on reading this reviewecognize, at short distance, the faces of people I met and even contact lenses could not improve my vision (I wore them all day but they gave me a considerable discomfort to the eyes).

Now I see very well without glasses. I need them only to read closely, bust just for small letters. I see 10/10 from distance and I easily drive at night.

Sure, before surgery, I had so much anxiety, but with a slight sedation I was able to collaborate, by staring at the light the Doctor suggested me to look during surgery. I was assisted well in all phases of the operation. After about ten minutes I got back to my feet and I immediately see well from the operated eye without glasses.

I underwent surgery in the right eye at first and, two days later, in the left eye. Before the complete recover, I observed a short period of rest, I carefully followed the treatment with eye drops and I wore a protective shell at night.

For me a new life has started: I do not have to wear those heavy glasses or annoying contact lenses, which need a careful maintenance. Sure it is not easy to stay awake and collaborate during surgery, but the sureness of being operated by experienced hands helps very much.