Laser surgery provider Optimax said it has pioneered a surgical technique that could benefit patients suffering from peripheral distortion in cataract and refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery.

The company’s medical director, Balasubramaniam Ilango, said the issue of negative dysphotopsia, or arc shadows, could be significantly reduced by a modification of capsulorrhexis (CCC), he explained to delegates at the British Society for Refractive Surgery meeting at the Belfry resort recently.

‘I estimate that at least 10% of patients experience the postoperative symptom of negative dysphotopsia, which has concerned me for some time,’ said Ilango. ‘Having considered the physics of this issue I have devised a new, modified surgical technique and have positive outcomes, helping with patient symptoms, following 50 procedures during 2018,’ he added.