Alcon, Novartis' eye care division, has acquired PowerVision, a privately-held medical device development company focused on creating fluid-based intraocular lens implants.
The $ 285 million acquisition furthers Alcon's commitment to bring this innovative, accommodating lens to cataract patients throughout the world.
While most presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses use a multifocal design that distributes light between different focal points, PowerVision's groundbreaking fluid-based design creates a continuously variable monofocal lens, utilizing the natural contraction of the eye's muscles. This technology allows the patient to actively focus on objects, just as the natural crystalline lens does in a youthful eye, providing patients with a natural, continuous range of vision.
Commercial availability of Texas-based PowerVision's IOL technology is pending significant additional development and clinical trials of the intraocular lens.
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