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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Advanced Medical Optics' Tecnis(R) IOL Designated as a New Technology Intraocular Lens

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The Tecnis(R) IOL is the only lens approved for NTIOL reimbursementstatus, which provides for additional Medicare reimbursement of $50 per lensfor ambulatory surgical centers, which perform more than half of all cataractsurgeries in the U.S.

"Tecnis(R) NTIOL status confirms the unique design of the lens and thevery real benefits it provides to patients," said Dr. Ralph Chu , acataract/refractive specialist in private practice in Minneapolis and an earlyadopter of the Tecnis(R) IOL technology. "The unique modified prolatetechnology increases the patient's functional vision in varying lightconditions, which is critical for every day tasks conducted in low-lightconditions such as reading, driving at night or in the fog."

Dr. Mark Packer , clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at theUniversity of Oregon and clinical study investigator for several Tecnis(R) IOLstudies, including a driving simulation study, said, "The Tecnis(R) lens isthe only IOL available that was specifically designed, based on wavefrontmeasurements of a representative sample of the population, to fully compensatefor the spherical aberration of the cornea."

"This designation by CMS demonstrates the fact that not all asphericlenses are created equal," said AMO President & CEO Jim Mazzo . "AMO'sTecnis(R) IOL is the only aspheric lens that demonstrates improved functionalvision with claims approved by the FDA and NTIOL approval from CMS. Theseapprovals underscore the unique benefits of this superior technology andvalidate AMO's commitment to provide truly differentiating technologies thathelp doctors deliver the best possible visual performance to their patients.From an industry perspective, it emphasizes the value of developingtechnologies that improve the quality of people's lives."

According to a November 2004 survey by ACNeilsen BASES, 88 percent ofadults between the ages of 55 and 75 said they were "extremely" or "very"concerned about not being able to drive, especially at night. The study alsoindicated that 91 percent of adults aged 55 to 75 felt it was "extremely" or"very" important that a lens implant allows them to see in both bright andlow-light situations(1).


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