There are many different types of IOLs on the market:
Standard IOLs, called monofocal lenses, were created to correct cataracts and allow clear vision at one distance.
Multifocal IOLs were created to allow clear vision at multiple distances. These are great for people who want to reduce their dependency on glasses at both distance and near vision. You can now see far away without sacrificing your near vision!
Toric IOLs were designed to correct cataracts and astigmatism. Many IOLs come in Toric versions, which are great for people with astigmatism in addition to other types of refractive errors.
Presbyopia IOLs are very new, and there are not many on the market. However, presbyopia-correcting IOLs are great for those who have lost their near vision, as many do after age 40!
Once your brand new IOL is inserted, your surgery is over! You will be able to go home after a brief rest period. If you are preparing for cataract surgery while also managing your glaucoma symptoms with medication, MIGS may be an ideal option for you. MIGS are tiny implants that have helped thousands of people with glaucoma successfully manage their intraocular pressure. By taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during cataract surgery, you can help address both of these conditions at the same time. With MIGS, most patients are able to maintain normal eye pressure after the procedure. MIGS has an excellent safety profile and is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies.
Fortunately, there are plenty of lens implant options available to fit with your lifestyle and level of correction needed. Our ophthalmologists can recommend the best type for your unique preferences and conditions from these comprehensive options.
This option is an innovative cataract replacement lens with revolutionary multifocal technology to improve vision both near and far. The ReSTOR® lens can also correct for presbyopia, where the natural lens of the eye loses its ability to focus. For many patients, the ReSTOR IOL means they no longer need corrective lenses like glasses or contact lenses after surgery. This is because of a new optical technology called “apodization” to improve lens focusing and image quality. This technology has been used in microscopes and telescopes to achieve the same goal. The ReSTOR lens comes with an extremely high satisfaction rating, and most patients find they can easily read, drive, watch, and be active without the need for glasses and without the effects of cataracts.
This option is an FDA-approved IOL for the correction of both cataracts and presbyopia. Modeled after the natural lens of the eye, it allows for flexibility with special hinges so that it can accommodate focusing on objects at all distances. This allows it to flex and bend with your eye as you look around and focus at different distances, much like the natural lens. This makes the Crystalens® the only lens option that works with your eye’s natural movements and focusing mechanisms. Unlike multifocal lenses which projects multiple images to the back of the eye and requires an adjustment period, the Crystalens produce only one sharp, crisp image at a time. With Crystalens implantation, patients rarely need to wear glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
The Toric IOL is a special type of lens with rotational stability and the ability to fold and bend in order to correct for astigmatism as well as cataracts. This makes the Toric lens a groundbreaking option where patients previously required an additional refractive surgery after implantation during cataract surgery. For patients with astigmatism and cataracts, this can now be combined into one surgery. In clinical studies, it was found that over 90% of patients achieved vision correction of 20/40 or better without glasses or contact lenses. Additionally, it provides excellent functional vision during low-light situations like when driving at night. The Toric IOL comes with very high satisfaction among patients, with an overwhelming majority of patients saying they would choose the Toric IOL again.
This monofocal IOL is constructed in one piece and can deliver peak, high-quality performance so you can get back to everday activities (even in low-light conditions). It can effectively provide correction at all distances, reducing the need for glasses or contact lenses. With one surgical procedure, this IOL can treat both cataracts and astigmatism, which traditionally required separate procedures. Additionally, this IOL is made with ultraviolet light-blocking hydrophobic material to reduce glare, glistenings, and visual abnormalities, as well as produce a crisp, clear image with improved contrast. After implantation with this IOL option, over 90% of patients achieved a corrected visual distance of 20/20 or better.