Lens Implant Options

IOLs are soft, foldable lenses that are inserted into the eye in order to replace the cataract, which is the cloudy natural lens of the eye. IOLs are available with optics that provide a wide range of visual clarity and focusing capability. Our goal is to give you the best overall quality of post-operative vision with the lens that is best for your lifestyle’s visual needs.

Monofocal IOLs typically improve uncorrected vision after cataract surgery, however bifocals and/or reading glasses may be needed to see best at all distances. We use basic Monofocal IOLs with our standard manual cataratact surgery procedure.

Astigmatism correcting lens implants (Toric IOLs) or Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery can be used to reduce or eliminate astigmatism when patients have pre-existing astigmatism. Toric IOLs and Laser Cataract Surgery with astigmatism correction increase the likelihood that you will see well in the distance without the need for glasses.

There are also Multifocal IOLs like the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL are available that can provide a broad range of vision (near, intermediate and distance) with less dependence on glasses. We use Laser Cataract Surgery for patients that elect to have a Multifocal IOL. If they have astigmatism the laser will correct their astigmatism too.

Choosing your IOL (multifocal vs. monofocal vs. toric) and type of cataract surgery (laser vs. manual) are important decisions that will affect how you see every day for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is important for you to understand your surgical options, IOL options, and the testing required to help you achieve the visual outcome you desire.

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