How to Determine your Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL)
An important part of your pre-operative process will involve choosing a lens implant that is right for your personal lifestyle. Some people do more reading or have hobbies that involve near vision tasks as others may enjoy driving or traveling who demand better quality distant vision. Then there are people who seek a full range of vision with the least dependence on glasses or contacts.
For these reasons, Implants are divided into 2 main categories:
Monofocal Lens Implants
Monofocal is a lens that is specifically designed for one range of vision, either distant or up close. Your surgeon will help you obtain the clearest vision possible to suit your vision needs. With monofocal lenses, glasses or contacts may be needed after surgery. Also, should you have astigmatism, glasses will be needed to correct it unless the astigmatism is corrected at the time of surgery.
Monovision is a selection of lenses that allow one eye to see up close and the other eye to see at a distance. This coordination of lenses allows the brain to focus clearly on objects close up, as well as far away. Monovision is not for everyone and works well for patients who previously used monovision contacts.
Multifocal (Premium Lens Implants)*
Multifocal lenses offer the latest in innovative premium IOLs available. These lenses are designed to give patients natural vision and the most freedom from glasses after cataract surgery.
Premium lenses are available in two types, multifocal or accommodating.
Multifocal IOLs use a ring pattern design much like trifocal glasses, to provide vision at every range of distance.
Accommodating IOls use the natural muscles of the eye allowing the lens to flex inside the eye so patients see well at a distance and mid-range, as well as for some up-close tasks.
Multifocal and accommodating lens implants are premium lens implants that provide vision at all ranges without the need for glasses all the time.
Should you be a candidate for a multifocal or premium lens implant, our physicians will talk to you about lens options that match your lifestyle.
*Not all patients are candidates for premium IOLs. Your doctor will let you know what IOL options you are a candidate for.