Intraocular Lenses

Treating cataracts involves removal of the cloudy lens inside of the eye and replaces it with a clear and biocompatible intraocular lens (IOL).  There are a variety of IOL available to patients today.  At Cataract Vision Institute, we recognize that having options are very exciting but can also be overwhelming.  Our doctors will consider your lifestyle and visual needs to assist you in determining which category of lens implant will help you see your best.

Monofocal Lenses

A Monofocal lens is the standard IOL implant used in cataract surgery. This lens will provide the patient with better vision primarily at only one distance, up close or far away. So it can be common to need glasses to correct astigmatism or to get even more improvement in your vision for some activities such as reading, computer, TV or driving.

For example, if you choose to have monofocal lenses help you see things best at far distances; you will most likely need glasses to get better vision for doing things like reading the newspaper, medicine bottles, computer screens, or cell phones. 

Premium Lenses

In recent years, tremendous advances in diagnostic testing technology have improved our ability to measure the optical properties of the eye.  These measurements will provide our doctors with the necessary clinical information, along with your unique individual needs, to guide you in selecting the lens type that may maximize your quality of vision across multiple distances. We call these Premium Lenses or Premium IOLs.

These Premium IOL technologies are designed to help you enjoy better vision at a wider range of distances, which may minimize your requirement for glasses after cataract surgery. 

Multifocal Lenses

A Multifocal Lens, a Premium IOL, uses multiple focusing areas that are built into the IOL implant to provide vision at various distances; this is similar to having a bifocal or trifocal lens inside of the eye. For most patients, a multifocal IOL delivers excellent far distance and up close vision, potentially without the need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.

Accommodating Lenses

When the natural eye muscles are used to focus on an object, an Accommodating Lens, a Premium IOL, will respond by changing its optical power in attempt to achieve better vision at the given object distance. This is similar to what the natural lens inside of the eye used to do before cataracts. Compare to a Standard Monofocal IOL that primarily provides the best vision only at far distance, an Accommodating Lens can reduce the need for glasses by allowing the eye to function more naturally at more than one distance.

Toric Lenses

Toric Lenses are Premium IOLs designed to reduce or eliminate pre-existing astigmatism in cataract patients. This results in significantly improved distance visual outcomes when compared to a Standard Monofocal IOL. However, unlike other Premium IOLs, Toric Lenses are not meant to improve near vision. Rather, Toric IOLs are designed for those patients with astigmatism who desire better distance vision.