What are my Lens Replacement Options with Cataract Surgery?
There are many different types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) to choose from to correct a cataract. In addition, many people with clear lenses are opting for lens exchange with newer options to improve near and distance vision. Lens replacement remains the most frequently performed surgery in the U.S. and is one of the safest as well. You have three options today in choosing a lens replacement solution for your vision needs.
Correcting Distance Vision with a Monofocal IOL
A monofocal IOL is designed to provide clear distance vision. This means you will be able to see objects far away. However, you will need glasses for reading and any type of close detailed work. Monofocal IOLs have been the standard implant used for decades to help patients after a cataract is removed. Millions of monofocal IOLs have been successfully implanted providing cataract patients with clear distance vision.
Correcting Distance Vision and Astigmatism
Today’s cataract patient demands excellent vision after surgery, and wants their astigmatism and refractive error corrected at the same time. There are two ways we correct pre-existing astigmatism during cataract surgery. The most advanced method uses a new type of lens implant, called a Toric lens, which incorporates unique optics to compensate for specific deficiencies in your vision.
Toric lenses greatly reduce the likelihood of needing a second procedure after cataract surgery to correct residual astigmatism. For those patients who suffer from astigmatism so pronounced that they are outside the power range of the Toric lens, we recommend a combination treatment of lens replacement and relaxing incisions that delivers both improved vision and astigmatism correction. Once we fully understand your level of astigmatism, and desire for improved distance vision and/or near vision, we will recommend the appropriate lens implant option for you.
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Correcting Distance and Near Vision with Multifocal or Accommodating IOLs
Previous lens replacement technologies provided only one focal point – distance – leaving people dependent upon reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery. Recent advances in accommodative and multifocal technology now make it possible for you to read the words on prescription bottles, magazines, newspapers and computer screens, without magnifying glasses or bifocals, while still clearly seeing objects at a distance. These lenses have the ability to consistently offer improved vision at all ranges – near through distance. With the recent introduction of three new lenses – ReSTOR 3.0, Crystalens HD and Tecnis Multifocal – the vision we can help you maintain as you age is better than ever before in the history of ophthalmology.
The AcrySof ReSTOR multifocal lens provides the greatest degree of independence from glasses of all the lenses we implant. Because of its patented apodized diffractive technology, the ReSTOR lens allows for powerful near vision while providing excellent night vision for the majority of our patients. Learn More About ReSTOR and Watch Cataract Eye Surgery Patients Share Their Story.
The TECNIS mulitfocal lens can improve functional vision so you can see well, even in low-light situations like driving at night, or reading a menu in a dimly-lit restaurant. The TECNIS implant was designed with an aspheric shape to correct for certain, more complex vision errors, known as higher-order aberrations, which helps improve ability to see contrasting objects, particularly at night. Learn More About TECNIS.
The Bausch & Lomb Crystalens is an accommodating lens that can help treat both your cataract and presbyopia (difficulty focusing up close because of the natural aging process). Crystalens uses the eye’s natural muscles to flex, allowing the eye to focus at various distances. Learn More About Crystalens and Watch Cataract Eye Surgery Patients Share Their Story
ReSTOR, Crystalens and Tecnis Multifocal IOLs have demonstrated effectiveness in improving near, intermediate and distance vision in FDA clinical trials. We believe these newest lens implants provide excellent vision quality to those weighing their lens choice options. We will discuss with you which lens will be best-suited for your vision needs.