The intra-ocular lens (IOL) Master allows fast, accurate measurements of eye length and surface curvature, necessary for cataract surgery. The IOL Master is more efficient because it allows measurements to be taken with complete confidence in the accuracy of the results. Also, because the IOL Master is non-contact (nothing touches the eye itself), there is no need for anesthesia and there is no potential for spread of contamination from the IOL Master.
The IOL Master uses laser technology to measure the length of the eye. Measuring the length of the eye accurately is extremely important in cataract surgery, as it allows the eye surgeon to select the right power lens to implant for each patient.
The IOL Master is the latest technology in this area, and is more accurate than any other method, including the ultrasound test typically covered by provincial and territorial health plans.
IOL Master testing is an option available for patients who would like the best possible accuracy available for lens selection. In many cases the increase in accuracy reduces the need for glasses after surgery.