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Intraocular Lens

Intraocular Lens

What is an intraocular lens?

An intraocular lens, or IOL, is a clear artificial lens that's implanted during cataract surgery. It replaces a clouded lens and provides clearer vision.

 

What are the types of intraocular lens?

People having cataract surgery have three choices for an intraocular lens.

 

Standard: A standard intraocular lens, also known as a monofocal lens, corrects one range of vision. People who choose to correct nearsightedness will still need glasses for distance vision. People who choose to correct farsightedness will still need glasses for reading or working on a computer. People with astigmatism may still need to wear glasses for distance and near vision.

 

Toric: A toric intraocular lens corrects astigmatism, a common condition in which inconsistent curvature of the eye causes blurred vision. Toric lenses also are monofocal, so they also correct only nearsightedness or farsightedness, but not both. 

 

Multifocal: A multifocal lens corrects vision at multiple points of focus, near and far. It also corrects presbyopia, a common loss of up-close focus in older adults. People who don’t want to wear glasses after cataract surgery often choose multifocal lenses.

 

How do intraocular lens compare?

 

 

Basic

Toric

Multifocal

Astigmatism Correction

 NO

YES

NO

Presbyopia Correction

 NO

NO

YES

BOTH Near & Far Vision

 NO

NO

YES

Nighttime Glare/ Halos

 YES

YES

NO

Covered by Insurance or Medicare

 YES

NO

NO

 

Take our intraocular lens self evaulation to see if you are a candidate.

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