Cataract Surgery Lens Options
Years ago, if you had a cataract removed, you had to then wear extremely thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses in order to see clearly.
Fortunately, times have changed. Today, intraocular lenses (IOLs) are implanted inside the eye to replace the focusing power of your natural lenses as part of a cataract surgical procedure. And thanks to modern science, there’s a wide variety of IOLs with advanced features to choose from depending on your individual visual needs.
At Southwest Eye Consultants in Durango, Colorado, our ophthalmologists will explain all the available options and help you choose the IOL that is best for you. Options include:
The most common lens implant, monofocal IOLs provide clear vision from a set focal point, often focusing on distance vision. This means you would still have to wear glasses to see near objects, such as when reading.
These lenses are mainly used to correct astigmatism. They have different powers in different meridians of the lens, as well as alignment markings on the peripheral part of the lens, which enables your eye surgeon to adjust the orientation of the IOL to achieve optimal astigmatism correction.
Examples of FDA-approved toric IOLs include Tecnis Toric (Johnson & Johnson Vision), AcrySof IQ Toric (Alcon), and enVista Toric (Bausch + Lomb).
Multifocal IOLs also correct presbyopia (age-related difficulty seeing objects close-up). They contain added magnification in different parts of the lens, expanding your range of vision and enabling you to see objects clearly at all distances without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Examples of FDA-approved multifocal IOLs include Tecnis Multifocal (Johnson & Johnson Vision) and AcrySof IO ReSTOR (Alcon).
Southwest Eye Consultants not only provides the most advanced cataract care in the Four Corners region, but also offers a wide selection of conventional and premium intraocular lenses for your specific needs. To discuss your options, call our office today at (970) 828-2200 and schedule a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists or request an appointment online.