Intraocular Lens (IOL)
Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss, leading to increased risk of falling, motor vehicle accidents, accelerating dementia and more. Fortunately, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures done in the United States. We can make a great improvement in your quality of life!
Having a cataract means that your natural lens inside your eye has become cloudy and is interfering with your vision. Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be given to get you to a calm, relaxed state of mind and to prevent pain during your surgery. During surgery, your cataract is removed using ultrasound and an artificial lens implant is then inserted in its place to focus light on the back of the eye where the picture is taken. All of this happens in our outpatient surgery center, open since 19__.
Recently, exciting advances in technology have allowed us to offer you a more tailored approach to surgery. We’re here to help you choose the right intraocular lens implant to get you the vision you’re looking for after surgery. We’re happy to go over your options with you!
Lens Implant Options
Standard Lens Implant
- The most common type of lens implant used is called a monofocal lens, meaning it allows us to focus your vision at one distance, allowing you to have vision corrected either in the distance or for up close. You would then be dependent on glasses or contact lenses for the rest of your vision needs. This option does not correct for astigmatism. These lenses are a great option for our patients who don’t mind being dependent on glasses after surgery.
Astigmatism Correcting Implants
- Many peoples’ eyes have astigmatism, which means that the shape of the surface of the eye is warped instead of smoothly curved, which leaves you with blurred or distorted vision. Traditional cataract surgery does not improve your astigmatism very much. If seeing better with less need for glasses sounds good to you, you may benefit from a special lens implant called a toric lens. This type of lens implant has been successfully and safely used for years with great results and works by balancing the distortion caused by astigmatism.
Advanced Technology Lens Implants
- Over time, most people lose their ability to see up close without assistance and end up needing glasses all the time for up close work. If being able to see at distance and up close without much need for glasses is important to you, we have several options for you. Recent improvements in artificial lens technology have given us the ability to correct your vision like never before! While these lenses are amazing for some, they aren’t for everyone and your surgeon will discuss which lens is best for you based on your unique needs and your unique eye. There are several different implants in this category and your surgeon can make a recommendation on which one would work best for you.