Advanced Technology Lenses
In the past, when a surgeon performed cataract surgery, the only option was to implant a monofocal intraocular lens (IOL). This could provide good distance vision, but did not allow patients to see at various focal distances and did not address any issues with astigmatism. Now, there are a wide range of replacement lenses available to cataract patients, each offering different advantages for your post-surgery vision. The most effective lens depends on each patient’s individual preferences and goals for their vision. The latest lenses help reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery for the rest of your life, providing convenient, effective results for your specific vision conditions. The improvement in vision will not only provide enhanced safety and improve a person’s normal lifestyle and activities, it will also add years of enjoyment to their life.
Lens Comparison Chart
|Types of IOLs|
|Functions of IOLs||Monofocal IOL||Multifocal IOL||Cystalens||Toric|
|Distance Vision Correction||Excellent||Very Good||Very Good||Excellent|
|Near Vision Correction||None||Excellent||Partial||None|
|Success rate of patient being independent of glasses (with lenses in both eyes)||5-10%||90%||90%||5-10%|
|Cost of IOL fully covered by medical insurance if medically necessary||Yes||Partial||Partial||Partial|
|Duration of Effect||Permanent||Permanent||Permanent at distance, time limited at near||Permanent|
In the past, cataract lenses were only able to correct distance vision, often leaving patients with the need for reading glasses. Multifocal IOLs can offer patients freedom from glasses after cataract surgery by improving vision at all distances and at any time of day. These lenses allow patients to quickly change their focusing to accommodate their vision needs. Over 90% of patients report being independent of glasses with multifocal IOLs. Some patients may experience a glow around lights with nighttime driving.
Toric IOLs are specifically designed for patients with astigmatism. In the past, patients with astigmatism would need eyeglasses or contact lenses even after cataract surgery in order to correct the problem. Toric IOLs correct cataracts and astigmatism with just one lens, providing a more convenient and affordable solution to your vision needs.