Main Types Of Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

Main Types Of Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

Feb 02, 2022

Cataract illness is an eye condition where the natural eye lenses become blurry or clouded, resulting in permanent loss of vision. People suffering from cataract illness can see an eye doctor in Monterey for treatments. The gold standard for cataract treatment is cataract surgery, where intraocular lenses come in. Kindly read on to find out all you need to know about premium intraocular lenses (IOLs).

Cataract surgery involves the extraction of the natural lens and the placement of an artificial lens. These artificial lenses are called intraocular lenses (IOLs), and there are two main categories of IOLs- standard/regular/monofocal and premium intraocular lenses. The standard types help correct vision problems only at one distance, either near or far. That means that a person will still need glasses after an ophthalmologist replaces a diseased lens with a standard IOL. However, the case is different with premium IOLs. They allow people to see at near, mid, and long-range distances. Hence, they are the best options. Some types even work to correct refractive errors like astigmatism and problems like age-related loss of vision.

Visit an ophthalmologist in 93940 right away if you have any problems with vision. They will assess you and determine what treatment is best for you. You can book an appointment with us at Eye MD Monterey- Cass St if you have cataracts. Our initial assessment of your eye will inform us of the best lens options for you.

Main Types of Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

There are several different kinds of premium intraocular lenses that you can get from a Cass ST optometrist. They all serve specific functions in improving vision. Let’s see how:

Toric IOLs

Eye doctors often recommend Toric IOLs for patients with astigmatism. People with astigmatism usually have an abnormal shape of the cornea. The cornea is essential in our vision. Together with the lens, it helps to accommodate near objects.

Toric IOLs can help patients with astigmatism because they are convex on both sides. That also means that it can restore your vision without the need for glasses. Note that toric lenses are monofocal, i.e., they can only correct vision at a single distance. However, since they can correct astigmatism and traditional IOLs can’t, they belong to premium intraocular lenses.

Multifocal IOLs

These types of premium IOLs correct vision at any distance. In a sense, they are the direct opposites of regular/monofocal IOLs. After getting one, you will not need glasses, contact lenses, or other visual aids.

Accommodating IOLs

Accommodating lenses have an incredible design to mimic the natural lens. Our natural eye lens is flexible, and it can change shape anytime to improve vision at different distances. When we look at near objects, i.e., accommodation, it often does this. After cataract surgery, this shape-changing property of the lens goes with lens removal. However, accommodating premium IOLs can shift and adjust as the eye needs them to.

What Can You Expect During Cataract Surgery?

The procedure is a short, painless one. Within 30 minutes to an hour, eye doctors will complete the surgery. They will start with pupillary dilation. Your doctor will first place eyedrops in your eye to dilate your pupil. Next, they’ll numb the region using a local anesthetic. They usually inject this around the eyes. That means that you will be alert and responsive during the surgery. The next step depends on the method that the eye surgeon decides to use. The most advanced process today is Phacoemulsification.

During Phacoemulsification, surgeons make a small cut into the cornea and insert a thin probe through the cut to reach the lens. This lens usually transmits ultrasonic waves that break down the cataract and then suctions the fragments. Note that the lens has a capsule protecting it, and this part is left intact to support the intraocular lens that will go in. Finally, they will close up the cut cornea with stitches or not. Either way, good healing is sure.

For more information on cataract surgery with premium IOLs, schedule an appointment with Eye MD Monterey, Cass ST. We will help you decide whether you should undergo cataract surgery or pursue a different treatment.

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