One of the most important decisions you will have to make when it comes to cataract surgery is selecting an IOL. IOL is short for “intraocular lens”.
IOLs are designed to replace your eyes’ natural lenses during cataract surgery. IOLs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are customizable to fit your unique needs.
With so many IOLs to choose from, it can seem difficult to choose the right one! Keep reading and learn more about choosing the right IOL for you!
There are three main types of IOLs: monofocal, multifocal, and accommodating. Selecting a type of IOL depends on how much you are willing to spend and what feels most comfortable.
Monofocal IOLs will not end your dependence on glasses. They only correct for one distance of vision. This means you will need to use glasses to correct for the opposite.
If you get monofocal IOLs that correct for close up vision, you will need to wear glasses when driving. If your monofocal IOLs are set to a far distance, you will need glasses for doing computer work or reading.
There is a method called “monovision”. With monovision, these IOLs allow for both near and far focus lengths. Monovision involves putting a far distance IOL in one eye, and a near distance IOL in the other.
With monovision, you can switch dominant eyes back and forth. It can be confusing and hard to master at first, but it does work! Monovision can be a good option if you don’t want to wear glasses after cataract surgery.
Multifocal IOLs work for both near and far distance viewing. They are more expensive than monofocal IOLs since they are a premium option.
Many people agree that they are worth the investment. The main trouble is that “switching” between distances isn’t as smooth.
To remedy the “switching” problem, accommodating IOLs were invented. Accommodating IOLs actually move inside of your eyes as your natural lens would.
This makes the transition between near and far focal lengths almost indistinguishable. This ensures that after cataract surgery, your eyesight will be better than before!
Accommodating IOLs are on the higher end of premium IOL choices. This makes them more expensive than other IOLs.
It’s important to know accommodating IOLs may result in less clear distance vision. This can be an important factor when choosing the best IOL for your lifestyle.
Toric IOLs For Astigmatism
If you have astigmatism, you will need to invest in Toric IOLs. Toric IOLs are multifocal and have been designed to fix astigmatic eyes. Other IOL options are not suitable if you have astigmatism.
When it comes to deciding on an IOL, make sure to ask your eye doctor for their advice. They can help you understand which IOLs are suitable for your eyes.
Still having trouble deciding? You can schedule a cataract screening at Bennett & Bloom Eye Center in Louisville, KY. We’ll help you learn all there is to know about cataracts and cataract surgery!