Cataract surgery has been performed for over one hundred years. New advancements in surgical techniques and equipment offer patients several different options to help restore their vision. Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are synthetic lenses that can be implanted into your eye during cataract surgery. After the cataract is fragmented by ultrasound and removed from the eye, the IOL can be implanted. The IOL replaces the cloudy natural lens, and vision is restored.
Below are different types of intraocular lenses that can provide you with clearer vision after cataract surgery:
Monofocal Lenses: Can correct vision very well, but at one distance. With this intraocular lens, you will likely need to continue wearing glasses for either near or distance vision, and sometimes for both.
Multifocal Lenses:Multifocal intraocular lenses can decrease your dependence on glasses because it provides distance and near vision. People with other eye conditions such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy may not be good candidates for multifocal lenses.
Toric Lenses: This intraocular lens is designed for patients with astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common vision problem, usually caused by a cornea that is not perfectly round and as a result, light rays are not focused at one spot. The Toric lens greatly decreases the need for distance glasses after surgery and is an excellent treatment option for cataract patients with astigmatism.
Simone Eye Center will work with you to select the best type of intraocular lens for your vision and lifestyle needs.