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Intraocular Lens (IOL) Options

·        The lens of the eye is clear at birth.  A cataract is when the lens becomes cloudy and makes the vision blurry.  During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a man-made clear intraocular lens implant.

·        All intraocular lens implants come in different powers and last a lifetime.

 

Standard Monofocal Intraocular Lens Implant

The standard monofocal lens has one focusing target.  It works very well and is covered by insurance.  The standard monofocal lens can be targeted 4 different ways:

1.     Distance vision (driving)  -  Aim for clear vision in the distance without glasses.  You will still need glasses to read and see things up close.

2.     Intermediate vision (computer)  -  Aim for clear vision at intermediate distances without glasses.  You will still need glasses to drive and to see fine print.

3.     Near vision (reading)  -  Aim for clear vision up close without glasses.  You will still need glasses to drive and see things far away.

4.     Blended vision  -  This is for people who prefer not to wear glasses for daily activities.  One eye is targeted for distance vision and the other eye is targeted for up close vision.  This can feel uncomfortable to some people because of the difference between the two eyes.

For all of these options, the final visual result depends on how your eye heals and responds to the implant.  You may still need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

 

Presbyopic Intraocular Lens Implant

·        This lens implant may increase the chances of seeing clearly without glasses for many daily activities.  These lens implants are not covered by insurance.

·        The final visual result depends on how your eye heals and responds to the implant.  You may still need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

·        Dr. Shah will measure your eye prior to surgery.  He will help you determine which implant is the best for your needs.

 

Astigmatism

·        Astigmatism is when the cornea in the front of the eye is not perfectly round.

·        People with astigmatism usually need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

·        At the time of cataract surgery, your surgeon can decrease the amount of astigmatism by making small incisions in the cornea (these are called Limbal Relaxing Incisions).

·        For eyes with a large amount of astigmatism, Toric Intraocular Lens Implants are an option.

·        Decreasing the amount of astigmatism usually decreases the need for glasses.

·        The final visual result depends on how your eye heals and responds to surgery.