WHAT IS AN IOL?
An intraocular lens (IOL) is the lens that is surgically implanted in the eye to replace the existing natural or clouded lens during a cataract or clear lens exchange surgery.
There are many intraocular lens (IOL) options available, including traditional monofocal, multifocal, and accommodating IOLs. Your doctor will discuss all the options available and recommend the IOL that is best for you. Recent advances in multifocal and accommodative IOLs such as Tecnis, ReSTOR, and Crystalens now make it possible to improve vision at all distances, near, far, and everywhere in between. These advanced lifestyle lenses are designed to dramatically improve your vision and put confidence back in your life.
WHICH LENS IS BEST FOR ME?
Distance Correcting Monofocal IOLs
Traditionally, the lens implant used for cataract surgery is a monofocal IOL. In most cases, the monofocal lens provides good distance vision for driving, walking, and some everyday activities. However, most people receiving monofocal lenses still require reading glasses or bifocals to have a full range of vision.
Astigmatism Correcting IOLs
Approximately 20% of cataract surgery patients have a significant degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism creates distortion in vision and is not corrected by traditional cataract or lens replacement surgery. The unique design of the AcrySof Toric IOL makes it possible to provide quality distance vision and reduce or eliminate astigmatism at the same time.
- Acrysof TORIC
- Staar TORIC
Enhanced vision option
This option combines the optics of advanced wavefront-designed monofocal IOL with modern surgical planning and techniques to provide a higher quality and overall enhanced vision with a monofocal designed IOL. These techniques will also further reduce or eliminate your need for distance glasses including low levels of pre-existing astigmatism. In a clinical study, these more advanced optics provided improved visibility, better contrast sensitivity, and reduced glare.
Vision correction decisions are among the most important you will ever make. There are many intraocular lens (IOL) options available, including traditional monofocal, multifocal, and accommodating IOLs. Your doctor will discuss all the options available and recommend the IOL that is best for you.
Presbyopic Correcting IOLs
Previous lens replacement technologies provided only one improved focal point, distance, leaving people dependent on readers or bifocals after cataract surgery. Furthermore, in the past, those who were not yet cataract surgery candidates had no good alternatives to readers, bifocals, or trifocals. Recent advances in lens technology now make it possible to improve vision at all ranges, near through distance, with increased freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Our doctors are proud to offer the most advanced multifocal and accommodating IOLs to give our patients the best possible vision.
- Tecnis Multifocal
- ReSTOR Multifocal
- Crystalens Accommodating
Before cataract surgery can be performed, it is necessary to determine the power of the intraocular lens (IOL) that will be used to replace the natural lens. The efficiency of the IOL Master allows us to take all measurements with complete confidence ensuring the best possible treatment and results.
The IOL Master is the first non-contact (nothing touches the eye) optical device that allows for fast, accurate measurements of the eye length and surface curvature, necessary for cataract surgery. The most important pre-operative measurement is the axial length of the eye, the distance between the cornea and the retina. Using the precision of a laser beam with the innovative technology of the IOL Master measurements are consistently accurate within + /- .02mm or better. The axial length value is placed in a formula to generate the correct power of the lens.