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Artificial lens 'reduces post-eye surgery infection'

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The use of an artificial lens could help reduce the risk of post-eye surgery infection, it has been claimed.

A study which was presented recently at the Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC) in Manchester shows that the chance of cataract patients developing a post-eye surgery infection is lessened through the use of an artificial lens coated in antibiotics.

Meanwhile, Iain Anderson, chairman of the Eyecare Trust, has pointed out that an increasing number of people in the UK are turning to contact lenses as a way of solving their sight problems.

"The contact lens market rose four per cent between 2006 and 2007, and 3.4 million adults now wear contact lenses," he commented.

"The introduction of daily disposable lenses - which now account for more than 55 per cent of the market - make contacts easy to wear as there is no need for solutions or cleaning."

Over 250,000 cataract eye surgery procedures are carried out in the UK every year, making it one of the most common operations undergone by adults.

During eye surgery, the eye's natural lens is removed and is replaced with an artificial version known as an intraocular lens (IOL).

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Eye surgery news : 22/09/08