The spectra, classification, and rationale of ultraviolet-protective intraocular lenses

Am J Ophthalmol. 1986 Dec 15;102(6):727-32. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(86)90400-9.


I measured the spectral transmittance of 16 implantable intraocular lenses from 12 manufacturers and examined the rationale for using ultraviolet-absorptive intraocular lenses to protect pseudophakic individuals from photic retinopathy. Each ultraviolet-protective lens was classified by the wavelength at which its spectral transmittance fell to 10% in the blue or ultraviolet region of the spectrum. Current ultraviolet-protective intraocular lenses differ in the effectiveness of their protection against photic retinopathy, and product descriptions may be misleading.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Advertising
  • Eye Protective Devices* / standards
  • Humans
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Methylmethacrylates
  • Middle Aged
  • Optics and Photonics*
  • Protective Devices* / standards
  • Truth Disclosure
  • Ultraviolet Rays*


  • Methylmethacrylates