Millions of people worldwide have had their vision restored with cataract surgery; however, most people have relied on glasses post-operatively to see clearly. This is because the intraocular lenses that were placed inside the eye at the time of cataract surgery were monofocal; that is, they only had one focal point and could not change as a person’s interest changed between near and far activities. Additionally, these lenses could not correct astigmatism.
Astigmatism generally results from the shape of one’s eye preventing light to focus completely onto one plane. Recently, intraocular lenses have been developed which provide multiple points of focus. This allows over 80% of recipients to never use glasses for reading, computer, TV, driving or other activities. Many more only use glasses occasionally and much less often than they would otherwise. Additionally, toric lenses have been developed which correct astigmatism. Multifocal lenses and toric lenses, combined with other surgical techniques, now provide patients with multiple options that enable them to both clear the haze, glare, and blur of cataracts and free themselves from glasses. To see if you would benefit from cataract surgery with multifocal or toric intraocular lenses, schedule an appointment with one of the Inland Eye Specialists today.