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Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs) in Long Island

Long Island IOLs

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.

What are Monofocal IOLs?

Traditional IOLs are known as mono-focal 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

What are the types of Multifocal IOLs (Refractive Cataract Surgery)?

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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 AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is a new cutting-edge multifocal IOL that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision. The PanOptix Trifocal IOL focuses images clearly on the retina at the back of the eye. This allows for sharp vision after cataract removal. Most people are thrilled to have better vision after cataract surgery than they’ve ever had before!  This new lens uses ENLIGHTEN®Optical Technology to achieve this. With today’s lifestyles, people want to view mobile devices and computer screens. They also want to have high-quality distance vision in a variety of lighting conditions. The center of the PanOptix lens offers better near (reading) and intermediate (computer) vision than a monofocal lens can provide.

The AcrySof IQ Aspheric Monofocal IOL is an outstanding monofocal lens. It’s used for restoring vision after cataract surgery. It offers several advantages over other monofocal products. Standard monofocal IOLs can produce glare and halos around lights. This can interfere with driving at night. The AcrySof IQ Aspheric Monofocal IOL reduces glare and halos and can make driving safer. Its aspheric design helps to bring light rays into a single, ideal focal point. This reduces optical blurring and results in improved clarity.  It offers greater contrast sensitivity. This is the ability to distinguish objects from their background. Unlike other standard monofocal IOLs that only protect the eyes from UV rays, the AcrySof IQ IOL offers protection by filtering harmful blue light rays.

Corneal astigmatism means that the cornea is more oval shaped than round. As a result, light rays do not focus on one place in the eye. Traditional monofocal IOLs do not correct this problem. In the past, patients with astigmatism still needed glasses after cataract surgery. Today, patients with astigmatism can have freedom from glasses after cataract surgery with the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL. This IOL clears vision when the cataract is removed and reduces blurring and distortion from astigmatism. The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL has a unique “aspheric” surface that reduces most night vision distortions.  It also reduces any loss of contrast sensitivity, which may occur with standard IOLs. It offers filtering of both UV and blue light rays to protect the eyes. While the AcrySof IQ Toric Lens is ideal for astigmatic patients who want clear distance vision, patients will still need glasses for reading and computer work.

Tecnis Aspheric IOLTecnis 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.

The preloaded Tecnis iTec system is an implanting device that already contains a Tecnis Monofocal IOL. It helps your eye surgeon place the IOL lens into the eye without touching it during surgery. This reduces the risk of infection and inflammation to the eye. The Tecnis Monofocal Lens is engineered for sharp, high-quality vision. It is an excellent choice for driving, even under low-light conditions. It helps you see streetlights, stage performances, and sporting events. You will still need glasses to focus on closer objects such as books, cell phones, and iPads.

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.