Standard Lens Implants:
Cataract surgery utilizing the implantatin of a standard intraocular lens (IOL) is the most basic procedure. During cataract surgery, the eye’s cloudy lens is gently removed and replaced with a clear single-distance lens implant. The new lens is generally only effective for distance vision (as shown in the photo above). Glasses will generally be needed for near and intermediate vision, meaning that these patients will likely need to wear glasses to see a television screen clearly or read small print, but the cloudiness and yellowing and loss of colors in their vision will be corrected.
Premium Lens Implant Options:
New premium intraocular lens (PIOL) options can give patients more independence from glasses post-operatively and can actually grant vision that improves over time. The lastest innovations in premium lens implant technology allow patients to see near, far, and in between (as shown in the photo above). ReSTOR®, Crystalens®, and TECNIS® Multifocal IOL offer patients the ability to reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery. For patients who opt for premium lens implants, the cataract surgery technique is the exact same, only the implant is different.
Premium Intraocular Lenses (PIOLs):
Alcon AcrySof ReSTOR® Bifocal Lens Implant
The Alcon AcrySof ReSTOR® IOL is a multifocal lens designed to replace the natural crystalline lenses that has turned into a cataract and at the same time correct presbyopia, for a full range of vision. The ReSTOR lens allows approximately 97% to clearly see distant objects and near objects at the same time without difficulty. Objects at arms length (computer screen) will often times require reading glasses to be seen clearly. Vision will be slightly reduced in dim lighting. About 5% of patients notice glare or haloes.
Alcon AcrySof® Toric for Astigmatism
The latest in a long line of IOL innovations from Alcon, the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL takes the most trusted platform for precise astigmatism correction and adds the enhanced image quality of an aspheric lens, taking the toric IOL to a whole new level. Cataract patients with astigmatism who want corrective lens independence after surgery may prefer having a Toric lens implant. The Alcon AcrySof Toric lens corrects both the cataract and astigmatism, resulting in greater visual results. The Toric lens implant cannot correct presbyopia. Bifocals or reading glasses may be required for computer use or reading.
Bausch & Lomb Crystalens® Accommodating Lens
Unlike a standard lens, the Bausch & Lomb Crystalens® treats the cataract while simultaneously giving a fuller, more natural range of vision. The Crystalens implant makes use of the eye’s muscles that focus and move the eye’s natural lens. Crystalens is designed to allow the optic, or the central circular part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as you constantly change focus on images around you. Crystalens, like your natural lens, flexes as you focus your vision. About 95% of people can read newspapers without glasses, but may need glasses in dim light or for fine print.
The good news is that lens implants last a lifetime. The vast majority of people are pleased with their lens implant after cataract surgery, regardless of which lens they choose. The Crystalens, Toric, and ReSTOR lenses are FDA-tested and have a sterling reputation of producing excellent results.