Types of Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implants

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The natural lens in the eye, where cataracts form, is a strong magnifying lens. Without an intraocular lens implant you would need to wear very thick magnifying type glasses or a contact lens after surgery. All types of IOLs offer improved vision after surgery. In May of 2005, a Medicare Ruling cleared access for Seniors to pay an out-of-pocket fee for an upgrade to replacement lenses that treat cataracts as well as the loss of reading vision associated with age (presbyopia).

With so many great options to choose from, how do you decide on the right one? It's easy- simply choose which of the following statements you most agree with!

  • "I'm OK having to wear glasses after cataract surgery."
Your best option is a single vision IOL. Following cataract surgery your eye will be naturally focused at distance. You may need glasses to maximize your far vision, and you will definitely need glasses for reading. Surgery can be done with small-incision cataract extraction. The FEMTO laser assisted surgery is another excellent option if there is a small degree of astigmatism.
  • "I don't want to wear glasses for distance but am OK wearing them for near after my cataract surgery."
If you don't have significant astigmatism, our Custom Single Focus upgrade provides good glasses-free distance vision to include activities such as driving and watching television. Surgery will be done with a single vision IOL using either small-incision or FEMTO laser assisted cataract surgery.

If you have a larger degree of astigmatism, a Toric IOL will provide good glasses-free distance vision to include activities such as driving and watching television. Surgery can be done with either small-incision or FEMTO laser assisted cataract extraction.
  • "I don't want to wear glasses at all after my cataract surgery."
The Distance and Near IOL upgrade will help you see for most distance and near activities without the use of glasses. There are 2 options for you, including the ReSTOR IOL and Monovision. Surgery can be done with either small-incision or FEMTO laser assisted cataract extraction.

The ReSTOR IOL typically gives good distance and near vision including driving, watching TV and reading normal print like books, magazines, newspapers and menus. Patients may experience difficulty in low light conditions.

With Monovision, the "near" eye will have optimal vision at one distance only (typically 18 inches) while the other eye will have optimal vision at distance. This option works best if you were successful with monovision contact lenses. Some patients may still need glasses for night driving.

Contact us to schedule your evaluation and let our doctors help you decide what type of implant is best for you.


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