Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs) in Long Island
Cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S. today. It is also one of the safest and most effective eye surgeries. Everyone is born with a natural lens inside their eye but overtime the lens clouds. This clouding of the lens can be attributed to aging, certain medication use, and trauma.
Most people over the age of 60 suffer from age related changes that cause different levels of blurry vision mainly resulting from the growth of cataracts as well as the loss of near vision (presbyopia). This causes people to need glasses for almost all activities.
IOLs are small, flexible lenses about one-third the size of a dime. They are placed in the eye at the same time the cataract-diseased lens is removed. IOLs become a permanent part of the eye and require no special care. Patients cannot see or feel IOLs in the eye.
In cataract surgery, the natural clouding lens is replaced by an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, artificial lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. With an IOL, you’ll have improved vision because light will be able to pass through the new lens to the focus on the retina. Also, you won’t feel or see the new lens.
Now, imagine being able to see distance, intermediate and near activities without the dependency on glasses! There is advanced technology out there today that can help reduce ones dependency on glasses. This is called Refractive Cataract Surgery. These Premium IOLs are implants that are designed to fit your lifestyle and measured to correct your visual needs.
Premium IOLs are artificial lenses that are implanted in the eye to replace natural lenses for patients with cataracts, presbyopia or severe refractive errors. Until recently, IOLs were only available to correct distance, leaving the patient to need glasses for reading and intermediate vision. Now, advancements in technology have produced multifocal and accommodative IOLs that allow patients to see clearly at all distances -near, far and many distances in between. Multifocal IOLs and accommodative IOLs preserve distance vision and near vision so patients can enjoy clear sight without relying on glasses for everything. The procedure to replace a patient’s natural lens with a multifocal or accommodative IOL is the same as that used in cataract surgery.
With the latest in advanced technology there are procedures and lenses available that can help you achieve the visual demands you have always wanted. As a result of these advances, people are electing to have cataract surgery at a younger age to help reduce dependency on glasses for distance and reading. If refractive cataract surgery is something you are interested in you should ask your TOC Eye® doctor if you are a candidate for these Premium IOL’s.
TOC Eye® understands that, because every patient is unique, it is important to offer our patients a choice in IOLs. We don’t believe in offering a one-size-fits-all fix; instead, we customize the solution to the individual patient. Our team helps every cataract patient select the IOL that best suits their personal vision needs and goals. We can also explain your financing options, including the 24-month interest-free financing plan through CareCredit.
Traditional IOLs are known as monofocal lens implants. They focus the light entering the eye at a single focal distance. With a monofocal lens implant, you will see best at a far, near or intermediate distance (when not wearing glasses). If you opt for a monofocal lens implant, you can decide the focusing power. Most people with monofocal lens implants opt for strong distance vision (and wear reading glasses for near vision).
Multifocal and Accommodative IOLs (Refractive Cataract Surgery)
Advancements in optical technology have led to the development of multifocal and accommodative IOLs, which restore vision at multiple distance points. Their special design enables patients to see clearly up close, far away and at many distances in between — without glasses.
Am I a Candidate for Multifocal IOLs (Refractive Cataract Surgery)?
- Multifocal IOLs may be right for you if you experience any of the following:
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty seeing objects up close
- Difficulty driving (especially at night)
- Need for glasses
- Frequent change in eyeglass prescription
Types of Multifocal IOLs (Refractive Cataract Surgery)
The Tecnis Symfony is a state-of-the-art IOL that restores vision after cataracts while mitigating the effects of other visual conditions, including presbyopia (the age-related loss of near vision). The design of the Symfony IOL allows for quality, seamless vision at all distances, all while reducing the likelihood of visual symptoms including glare and halos, which are a concern with other IOLs. The Symfony lens is a great option for patients who want to enjoy an active lifestyle without visual limitations. It is also available in toric form for astigmatic patients.
The AcrySof ReSTOR is one of the leading multifocal lenses on the market today. These lenses are designed to optimize image quality and reduce visual disturbances in all lighting conditions. The lenses’ patented “apodized diffractive” design controls the distribution of light to near, intermediate and distance focal points based on the ambient light. Aspheric optics, another feature of the ReSTOR lenses, reduces the occurrence of seeing halos around lights.
The Crystalens IOL also restores clear vision at multiple distances. It is a kind of “accommodating IOL,” meaning that it works naturally with the eye muscles to shift focus between near and distant objects. Accommodating IOLs are designed to correct presbyopia, the age-related loss of reading vision. Unlike rigid lenses, Crystalens is flexible, with hinges that allow it to move with the eye muscles as it flexes and contracts to focus on near and distant objects. Thanks to its unique design, Crystalens reduces or eliminates the need for glasses and contact lenses.
Trulign toric lenses are designed to treat vision loss from cataracts and astigmatism. The artificial lenses enable patients to engage in everyday activities including using a computer, driving, socializing and doing hobbies and crafts. In many cases, these lenses reduce the need for eyeglasses. Another perk of toric lenses is that they restore clear vision in a variety of lighting conditions, including low light at night.
Tecnis multifocal lenses restore clear vision at near, intermediate and distant ranges. Many people with Tecnis lenses are able to achieve independence from eyeglasses in various lighting conditions, including in low light at night. The lenses are designed to provide enhanced focus where it is most needed.
Learn More about Your IOL Options
To learn more about the IOLs used in cataract surgery and pick out the best one for your needs, please contact the team at TOC Eye® by calling 631-751-2020 today.