What are IOLs?
Intraocular lenses (IOL) are lenses we surgically implant in a patients eye to replace an existing natural or clouded lens. We implant these during cataract or clear lens exchange surgery.
Correcting for a full range of vision
Previous lens replacement technologies provided only one improved focal point, distance. This left 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 for 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.
Advanced Lens Implants for Cataracts
Lens Implant Types
During your visit, our doctors will consider all aspects of your eye health, as well as your lifestyle, personality, and expectations. For example, how much reading or computer work do you do? And what do you hope to achieve? From what they learn, our doctors will discuss all of your options and recommend the IOL that is best for you.
Advanced cataract lens implants restore fuller-range vision after cataract surgery. Lenses such as ReSTOR, Crystalens and Tecnis can deliver clear vision – near through far – without glasses. And Toric lens implants correct astigmatism and sharpen distance vision, freeing you to spend more of your day without glasses.
The Tecnis lens is a multifocal lens proven to provide excellent vision at all distances, under all lighting conditions – day and night. For example, if you play golf, you may be able to see where your drive lands, sink your putt, and write down the score without wearing glasses!
Nine out of ten patients enjoy freedom from glasses after receiving the Tecnis multifocal lens.
Tecnis® IOL Candidates
The Tecnis lens is ideal for those who experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Have difficulty reading
- Difficulty seeing objects up close
- Difficulty with driving, especially at night
- Need for bifocals
- Frequent changes in their eyeglass prescription
The ReSTOR lens is an advanced multifocal IOL that corrects both distance and near vision. The ReSTOR IOL is designed to provide excellent reading vision and a high level of glasses independence.
In a clinical trial, four out of five ReSTOR patients reported never wearing glasses following their procedure.
Anyone who desires multifocal vision without having to use reading glasses or contact lenses may be a candidate. Although the ReSTOR lens was originally designed for patients with cataracts, it is not a requirement to qualify. Those with chronic infections, uncontrolled diabetes or other health issues may need to wait until these conditions are under control before undergoing eye surgery.
Crystalens is the first and only naturally focusing, or accommodating, vision-correction lens implant. The design of this lens has “hinges” that work with your eyes’ muscles, allowing the lens to shift focus, providing the eye a continuous range of focus.
In clinical trials, Crystalens patients had excellent distance and intermediate vision (24” to 32”) without glasses.
With Monovision, patients can improve their range of vision when they combine monofocal IOLs. One eye will provide distance vision while the other provides near vision. However, not everyone can adapt comfortably to this method as the eyes are less balanced.
Where Will My Surgery Be Performed?
Our surgeons perform the lens replacement surgery at an outpatient or hospital facility. The patient should plan to be at the surgery center for around 2-3 hours.
What Can I Expect the Day of the Surgery?
To help prevent infection and help the eye heal, your doctor will prescribe antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and steroid eye drops. In some cases, the doctor will prescribe additional medication to help control eye pressure or other conditions.
Lens Replacement Surgery Risks
As with any surgical procedure, there will be risks involved. Some of the risks that come with lens replacement surgery can include:
- Retinal detachment
- Increase in eye pressure
- Reactions to medication
- Vision changes
Prior to your surgery, our doctors will discuss all these risk and benefits with you.
Lens Replacement Side Effects
With lens replacement surgery there may be some side effects, such as:
- Sensitivity to light
On a day to day basis, your vision will tend to fluctuate but gradually improve and stabilize within 4 weeks. Your doctor may also prescribe glasses or contact lenses.
Results of Lens Replacement Surgery
Following your procedure, you will be able to notice an immediate improvement in your vision. Most patients can return to their normal activities the very next day.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about intraocular lenses and lens replacement surgery and would like to see if you are a good candidate, please call (800) 676-5050 or request a consultation online.