When considering cataract surgery, you will also have to make a decision about which lens will best suit your lifestyle. If you have any pre-existing refractive errors, you may be able to take care of your cataracts, and correct your vision at the same time!
There are a few intraocular lenses (IOLs) to choose from. Two types of IOLs available on the market today are accommodating and multifocal IOLs.
Accommodation is a process that enables the eye to adjust its focusing power to provide clear vision. In younger patients, the natural lens of the eye “accommodates” the eye to different focuses easily and without effort. As we age, the natural lens becomes stiffer and is less able to accommodate vision at various distances. These lenses are especially useful for patients who suffer from presbyopia, the loss of sharp near vision.
Multifocal lenses correct cataracts, but also correct vision at all distances. Many patients who choose multifocal lenses find they can be glasses-free or may only need reading glasses occasionally for reading small print. Currently, there are two commonly used multifocal IOLs: AcrySof IQ ReSTOR and Technis Multifocal IOL.
With these options, there is something for everybody considering cataract surgery. If you have any questions about lens options, or if you are considering cataract surgery, please give us a call at Bay Eye Care!
Toric IOLs are the perfect solution for those with cataracts and astigmatism. The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is designed to replace the cataract affected natural lens for clear vision, as well as correct astigmatism. All in one step!
Astigmatism is a condition that can result in the blurring of vision, whether looking near or far. This condition affects daily activities such as driving, using your phone, or writing. If you have astigmatism, chances are you already wear contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Since the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL corrects astigmatism, most patients who receive it do not need to keep wearing their glasses or contact lenses for sharp distance vision. Patients often will still need reading glasses, as the Toric IOL does not correct presbyopia.
Our doctors at Bay Eye Care recommend the Toric IOL for those with cataracts and astigmatism, because their patients see amazing results! If you are considering cataract surgery, and also have astigmatism, ask your doctor about the Toric IOL. Correct your cataracts and your vision at the same time, and achieve vision better than before you had cataracts!
Give us a call at Bay Eye Care today to schedule your cataract surgery consultation, and talk with one of our skilled doctors about which IOL will work best for your individual eyes!