Lens Implant Choices
For more than 50 years, eye surgeons have been removing the aging natural lens and replacing it with a permanent intraocular lens to restore clear vision. Until recently, patients had no true choice in the type of replacement lens that was implanted. Advances in technology have created more options and we want you to be fully informed of these choices prior to your Lens Evaluation visit.
Multifocal Lens Implants for Presbyopia
Most patients hope that by removing the cloudy, cataract lens they’ll enjoy vision similar to what they had when they were younger. Advanced multifocal lens implants, or extended depth-of-focus implants, are the solution when you want to enjoy a fuller range of vision without glasses throughout your day; at distance, intermediate and near. If being less dependent on glasses interests you, this is a lens implant that you should consider. During your Lens Evaluation, we’ll evaluate whether a multifocal implant is right for you.
Toric Lens Implants for Astigmatism
If you have astigmatism (elongated curvature of the cornea), you may be a candidate for a Toric lens. In a one-step solution as part of your cataract surgery, this lens can compensate and correct for your astigmatism. You may still need glasses for reading after the surgery. We will measure your astigmatism at the cataract evaluation to determine if this is an option for you.
Traditional Monofocal Implant
In traditional cataract surgery, your natural lens is removed and replaced with a monofocal (single-focus) intraocular lens. This will sharpen your vision and improve brightness, but you’ll still require glasses for distance, intermediate and near vision.