Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) That Correct for Near and Far Vision in Monterey
Every year, more than 1.5 million Americans have cataract surgery with placement of an intraocular lens (IOL). This form of cataract surgery is relatively painless and performed on average in 15 to 20 minutes’ time. During this procedure, Doctor Penrose will remove the cloudy natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens. The incision for an IOL is a bit smaller than the width of your pinky finger; in most cases, it does not require any stitches.
Only local anesthesia is necessary, though light sedation may be a desired option for those suffering from natural anxiety.
Dr. Penrose prefers implanting the Symfony multifocal lenses due to their focusing capabilities. After receiving one of these implants, four out of five of our Monterey cataract surgery patients report that they do not have to use glasses for either near or distance vision. The remaining patients notice a greatly reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Most persons with cataracts, whether they also have presbyopia or not, might be good candidates for cataract surgery. Dr. Penrose will help you decide if this procedure is right for you based on the facts of your individual case.
Most eyes are shaped like basketballs so that light and images are focused to one clear point. Other eyes are shaped like footballs having one steeper axis. In these eyes, light and images are focused to various points causing blurred and distorted vision. This is called astigmatism. We correct astigmatism using glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery including LASIK (Laser in-situ Keratomilieusis) and PRK (Photo-refractive Keratotomy).
For patients that have a cloudy natural lens (cataract), another option to correct the astigmatism is replacing the natural lens of the eye with a premium toric lens. This intraocular lens may be placed permanently in the eye when the cataract is removed.
Dr. Penrose uses the AcrySof Toric Lens in patients that desire to have their astigmatism corrected and be less dependent on glasses or contact lenses. The AcrySof Toric lens is a foldable, single-piece lens made of a biocompatible material. The lens also protects the retina from ultraviolet light and is aspheric. The asphericity provides for improved contrast sensitivity (seeing in dim light).
For more information on cataract surgery with premium IOLs, schedule an appointment. A personal consultation with Dr. Penrose in Monterey will help you decide whether you should undergo cataract surgery or pursue a different treatment.