Cataracts are a thickening or clouding of the natural lens in your eye, so that lens must be removed to get rid of the cataract. Once the lens is removed, a new artificial lens implant called an IOL (Intraocular Lens) will be put in to replace it. You have many options when it comes to choosing the right IOL for you. Fortunately, there are a variety 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.
A monofocal lens, also called a “standard” IOL, gives you clear uncorrected vision at one distance. You can choose whether you would like your lens to see well far or near, then you will need glasses in order to see well at all distances. This lens does also not correct for any natural astigmatism you may have.
A toric lens is a special type of monofocal lens that is able to correct for astigmatism. Just like a standard IOL, you will still choose whether you would like the lens to see well far or near. A toric lens is a good choice for people who have high astigmatism.
A multifocal lens mimics the ability of the natural lens in your eye to see both far and near. This means that it can be a good option for people who do not like wearing glasses.
A light adjustable lens is a newer type of lens that allows your doctor to adjust the prescription in the lens once it is in your eye without the need for a second surgery. This lens option is very good for people who have a thicker cataract, have had laser vision correction like LASIK in the past, or simply want the clearest possible vision without glasses after surgery.
If you are interested in cataract surgery, be sure to contact Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology today!