AcuFocus announced that it has submitted a premarket approval (PMA) application to the FDA for its IC-8 small aperture IOL. The IC-8 IOL is an aspheric monofocal lens that features an embedded filter with a small central aperture. Using wavefront-filtering, small aperture optics, the lens is designed to mitigate the harmful visual effects of unfocused peripheral light, allowing only central light rays to focus on the retina, and deliver continuous extended depth of focus.
Investigators evaluated the IC-8 IOL in a prospective, multicenter, open-label, parallel-group, nonrandomized, examiner-masked, 1-year clinical study to evaluate its safety and effectiveness. The company undertook the study to determine if the IC-8 IOL, when implanted in conjunction with a monofocal or monofocal toric IOL in the fellow eye, would demonstrate better binocular intermediate and near visual acuity and similar distance visual acuity compared to bilateral aspheric monofocal or monofocal toric IOLs.
“The IC-8 IOL is a first-of-its-kind presbyopia-correcting lens that is designed to deliver seamless visual acuity from near to far without the ‘blurry zones’ found in traditional lens designs,” Magda Michna, PhD, Chief Global Clinical, Medical & Regulatory Affairs Officer, AcuFocus, said in a company news release. “We are incredibly grateful to our investigators, their teams and the patients who participated in the study. Their commitment to the study integrity and follow-up timelines, especially during a global pandemic, helped us to achieve this critical milestone. We look forward to working with the FDA as they review our submission and results.”
A total of 343 study subjects and 110 control subjects were enrolled and followed for 12 months. Subjects in the study arm were implanted with an IC-8 IOL in one eye and a control (monofocal or monofocal toric) IOL in their fellow eye. Control group subjects were bilaterally implanted with monofocal or monofocal toric IOLs.
“Participating in the IC-8 IOL IDE study has been a wonderful opportunity for my patients and my practice,” Elizabeth Yeu, MD, Virginia Eye Associates, Norfolk, Virginia, said in a company news release. “The small aperture method of action is truly innovative and represents a real advancement in intraocular lens design. I am excited to have this lens in our practice as I believe it will fill a significant gap in our IOL options for patients.”