A wide range of replacement lenses are available to cataract patients, each offering different advantages for post-surgery vision. The most effective lens to use depends on the patient's individual examination, preferences and goals for their vision. The lenses try to help reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery, providing many patients with convenient, effective results for their specific vision conditions.
The standard and most common intraocular lens (IOL) used in cataract surgery is a monofocal lens that can treat a patients’ nearsightedness or farsightedness. The standard lens does not treat astigmatism or allow patients in most cases to be free from glasses.
Multifocal or Extended Depth of Focus Iol
Similar to a pair of bifocal glasses, the multifocal IOL or Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOL can provide patients with vision at both far and near and limit their need for glasses after cataract surgery. The latest technology in IOL design allows the surgeon to customize the IOL choice with the patients’ need by optimizing distance, intermediate, and/or near vision. We use the latest technology IOLs from Tecnis, Alcon, Bausch and Lomb, and others.
Advanced technology IOLs can be very exciting for patients that want to have a new level of glasses or contact lens freedom after cataract surgery. Due to the complex nature of each persons visual system, it is difficult for a patient to make an assessment about the optimal lens without consulting an ophthalmologist. Therefore, we highly suggest a consultation with a cataract surgeon before making any decision on a lens implant. For second opinions on lens implants please feel free to consult with our surgeons.
Astigmatism is a very common condition contributing to blurred vision. Astigmatism can be corrected with contacts, glasses, laser surgery as well as Toric IOLs at the time of cataract surgery. Toric IOLs are able to reduce or eliminate the condition of astigmatism. Depending on the type of Toric IOL patients choose they may still need glasses for certain tasks.