Improving your vision through cataract surgery can be a multi-step process that requires input from you and your eye doctor. Selecting the best intraocular lens, or IOL, to replace your natural lens is one crucial part of cataract treatment. With many IOLs on the market, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and visual needs before choosing a permanent lens replacement for cataract surgery.
Here at Fry Eye Associates, we’ll walk you through your IOL options and provide an expert recommendation for your lens replacement. Call our Garden City office or request an appointment online to discuss your IOL options today.
Identifying the right lens
With the right IOL, not only will you have clearer vision, you can correct lifelong eye problems such as near- or farsightedness and enjoy close to 20/20 vision. In some cases, however, eyeglasses may be needed after surgery to fine-tune distance and/or reading vision.
At Fry Eye Associates, we offer four types of IOLs. Your doctor will discuss the merits and drawbacks of each one. The descriptions below offer a general evaluation of each type of IOL.
The monofocal IOL was the first intraocular lens developed to correct vision, and the name explains what the lens does: it corrects vision at one (mono) fixed distance only. You can choose a monofocal IOL for either near, intermediate, or far vision. Often, patients who choose a monofocal IOL opt for one that provides clear distance vision, and then wear glasses for reading, working on the computer, or other up-close activities.
The toric IOL is the answer for those who have astigmatism, an irregularly-shaped cornea that improperly refracts light and causes blurriness or distorted vision. Toric IOLs can correct vision problems that result from astigmatism and significantly reduce or eliminate your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Extended depth of focus IOL (EDOF IOL)
The EDOF IOL enables patients to see at varying distances, from far-away landscapes to objects as close as 26 inches. They are similar to contact lenses or glasses in that an EDOF IOL must be matched to a patient’s specific vision needs. Currently, EDOF IOLs are available in over 60 different “powers” to provide optimal correction.
While EDOF IOLs can also reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses, viewing objects up-close or driving at night may still require a pair of glasses, albeit with much thinner lenses than previously required.
Toric EDOF IOL
Finally, the toric EDOF IOL combines the benefits of a lens that corrects astigmatism with one that offers varying degrees of focus from distance to near. To achieve optimal sight, a pair of glasses may be needed to fine-tune distance and/or reading vision.
Improving vision in your later years
With modern advances in artificial lens design, cataract surgery not only provides you with the opportunity to remove cloudiness or dullness from your vision, it may enable you to correct a lifetime of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. While not all patients experience crystal-clear vision after cataract surgery, it’s likely you’ll at least reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts, which still results in improved eyesight, convenience, and comfort, not to mention independence.
By discussing your IOL options with a Fry Eye doctor in Garden City, you can identify what you hope to achieve in terms of vision improvement. We’ll work with you to build a cataract treatment plan that meets your medical needs and your personal goals of enhanced living.