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Children's Health Author: Last Updated: Mar 7, 2014 - 10:42:22 AM

Infant Cataract Study Shows Contact Lenses Better Long-term Than Implanted Lenses After Surgery

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:37:35 AM

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Emory Eye Center was lead center in five-year study on infants' vision after cataract surgery

( - ATLANTA-A five-year nationwide study based at Emory Eye Center has reported new findings for babies who have undergone cataract surgery. The clinical trial suggests that for most infants who have had cataract surgery, the use of contact lenses for several years-- and an eventual lens implant - may be the better solution than the standard of care, the intraocular lens implant following surgery.

For adults and children who undergo cataract surgery, implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) has been the standard of care. The Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS) found that for babies, use of a contact lens initially was preferred. The trial was funded in part by the National Eye Institute (NEI), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Emory Eye Center was one of 12 sites across the country and was the lead center for this national study with a team of 10 professionals at Emory alone.


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