Advanced Technology Lenses
If you are considering cataract surgery, exciting new lens implant options are available that can dramatically reduce your need for visual aids like glasses after the procedure. These advanced artificial lenses are specifically designed to allow you to see clearly at near and far, potentially enabling you to be able to perform your everyday activities without the assistance of visual aids.
At Inland Eye Specialists, our cataract surgeons take the time to understand your individual vision needs and lifestyle to help select the best lens implant option for you. Our goal is to provide cataract treatment tailored specifically for you, maximizing your chances of clear vision without glasses.
The Benefits of Advanced IOLs Over Standard Monofocal IOLs
Standard monofocal intraocular lenses, also known as IOLs, have been used successfully in cataract surgery for decades. These lenses focus vision at one distance, usually for clear distance vision.
However, standard lenses have some limitations. Since they don’t adjust focus for varying distances, reading glasses are still required for near-vision tasks after cataract surgery.
Computer use and other intermediate-distance activities also typically require glasses with standard IOLs. Additionally, standard lenses don’t correct astigmatism on their own.
If you have a higher amount of astigmatism, you will likely still need to wear glasses for both far and near vision clarity after cataract treatment with a standard IOL. The good news is that newer intraocular lens technology available today addresses many of these drawbacks.
Advanced options like multifocal and toric implants are specifically designed to reduce the need for glasses after cataract surgery. It’s important to discuss your lifestyle needs with your eye doctor at Inland Eye Specialists to determine which lens implant choice may work best for you.
Advanced Accommodative and Multifocal IOLs
Accommodative and multifocal intraocular lenses represent an exciting advancement in implant technology after cataract surgery. Unlike standard single-focus lenses, these options provide focusing ability at multiple distances, reducing the need for glasses and contact lenses after cataract surgery.
At Inland Eye Specialists, our cataract surgeons offer three models tailored to meet individual vision needs: the Crystalens, the Tecnis multifocal, and the ReSTOR IOLs. During your cataract evaluation, your eye doctor will carefully evaluate your eyes and lifestyle to determine the best lens to maximize your chance of clear vision without glasses after your procedure.
Each of these lenses utilizes sophisticated technology aimed at providing you with greater visual freedom.
ReSTOR Multifocal IOL
The ReSTOR multifocal lens represents groundbreaking technology designed to minimize your need for visual aids after cataract surgery. This lens has tiny rings to create various points of focus from up close to far away.
This enables sharp image quality at varying distances. Unlike standard monofocal lenses that only focus at one distance, ReSTOR allows you to see clearly whether you’re reading a book, looking at your cell phone, gazing across the room, or viewing distant scenery.
The range of focus is achieved through the intricate optics built into the lens itself. As light enters your eye, the rings bend and channel it to ensure images are focused crisply on your retina regardless of how close or far the object is.
Crystalens Accommodative IOL
The Crystalens is another advanced artificial lens implant option that can be used to replace your natural lens during cataract surgery. The Crystalens is an accommodative IOL, which means it’s designed to be able to utilize the eye’s muscles to change position.
The movement of the lens allows it to change focus, keeping things sharp whether you’re looking at something close-up or far away. The Crystalens is designed to mimic the natural focusing ability of your eye by flexing as your vision changes from near to far.
This provides a continuous range of sharp vision after cataract surgery. Since the Crystalens have the ability to adjust shape to sharpen vision at any distance, many people who choose this lens can greatly reduce their dependence on visual aids after cataract surgery.
Toric IOLs are designed specifically to address astigmatism during cataract surgery. Astigmatism causes blurred vision resulting from the irregular shape of the cornea or lens, which prevents light from properly focusing on the retina.
Toric IOLs are designed to compensate for the distortion by counteracting the irregular curvature. This allows you to experience crisp, sharp sight for most daily activities.
If you have astigmatism, your cataract surgeon will evaluate whether a toric lens implant is right for you. They’ll consider factors like how much corneal distortion you have as well as your goals for reduced reliance on glasses after surgery.
Will I Need Glasses If I Choose an Advanced IOL?
The latest advancements in IOL technology have allowed many people to significantly reduce their dependence on visual aids after cataract surgery. However, even with the most advanced IOLs, perfect vision without glasses isn’t guaranteed.
Additionally, cataract surgery with advanced technology lenses will not prevent any vision changes that may occur due to other eye conditions that can develop later in life. While completely glasses-free vision following specialized implants isn’t guaranteed, the technology has come a long way in maximizing independence.
Working together, you and your eye doctor can determine realistic expectations for what cataract surgery, coupled with the latest lenses, can achieve for your eyes specifically. Your eye doctor will also help you determine which IOL choice may be best for your vision goals and lifestyle.
At Inland Eye Specialists, we aim to maximize your vision potential!
Do you want to learn more about the advanced technology lenses available? Schedule a cataract evaluation at Inland Eye Specialists in Fallbrook, CA, today!