Cataract Lens Options


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 eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery, providing convenient, effective results for your specific vision conditions.

Accommodative IOLs

Accommodative IOLs offer a full range of restored vision for cataract patients. Many people experience a loss of near vision with age and often need to rely on glasses after cataract surgery. Accommodative IOLs such as Crystalens® replace the natural eye’s lens and mimics its accommodation capabilities, allowing you to see clearly across a wide range of distances.

Multifocal IOLs

In the past, cataract lenses were only able to correct distance vision, often leaving patients with the need for reading glasses. Multifocal IOLs offer patients freedom from glasses after cataract surgery by improving vision at all distances and at any time of day. These lenses can quickly change focus to accommodate your vision needs.

Both Accommodative and Multifocal lenses are designed to reduce your need for glasses for distance, intermediate and near vision. In fact many patients are completely independent from glasses. It is best to think of these lenses as a way to improve your lifestyle. This gives you the independence to look at your watch, cellphone or mail without putting on your glasses. With these lenses, you can go out to dinner and read the menu. When you go to the theater, you can both read the playbill and watch the performance without glasses.

Glare and/or halos in certain lighting conditions can occur, but most patients don’t find this bothersome. An extra charge applies to these new technology lenses.

Toric IOLs

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 such as AcrySof Toric corrects cataracts and astigmatism with just one lens, providing a more convenient and affordable solution to your vision needs. You will still need glasses for intermediate and near vision. An extra charge applies to this new technology lens.

Standard IOLs

The standard lenses we use today are far superior to the lenses used a few years ago. The use of new technology has allowed for the development of innovative lenses that give improved low light vision compared with their older counterparts. This improves vision in a variety of light conditions such as night, twilight, rain, snow and fog. These newer standard lenses do this by reducing spherical aberration, which is an undesirable scattering of light. Glasses will still be needed for intermediate, near and possibly distance vision, and most patients will be able to achieve clear vision.

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