Cataract Lens Implants FAQ
How do lens implants help cataracts?
Cataracts occur when the lens, which lies behind the iris starts to cloud overdue to changes in its protein structure. This impairs your vision and can ultimately lead to preventable blindness. If you're considering cataract surgery, you know it's an important decision. Once you've decided to have the surgery, however, there's another important choice to make: which type of intraocular lens (IOL) to have implanted.
Would you like to enjoy freedom from glasses after surgery, or are you fine with wearing glasses? Do you have astigmatism? Is cost an issue? These are the sorts of questions you'll need to consider as you begin thinking about IOL options.
What is Astigmatism?
In a healthy human eye, the cornea is round in shape like a basketball. In astigmatism, the cornea’s shape is more like a football. When light passes through a cornea with astigmatism, the image does not focus sharply on the retina, causing blurred vision.
Cataract patients who also have astigmatism used to only have the option of wearing either glasses or contacts post surgery to completely correct their vision. Many lens implants available today actually correct for astigmatism as well as replace the lens clouded by cataracts.
What is Presbyopia?
In an eye with presbyopia, the natural lens has increasing difficulty focusing on intermediate and close objects. Common symptoms include: Losing your ability to read up-close and difficulty viewing a computer screen, phone, or tablet. You may naturally hold objects farther away to read and need reading glasses to see clearly.
How do specific lenses help?
Dr. Surti will evaluate your specific vision needs to determine the best lens implant for you. If you're considering cataract surgery, you know it's an important decision. Once you've decided to have the surgery, however, there's another important choice to make: which type of intraocular lens (IOL) to have implanted. How do specific lenses help?
Dr.Surti and her associates have extensive experience implanting all of the lenses described below and takes pride in educating her patients and recommending what is best for their individual needs so each patient can make an informed decision.
So, talk to your doctor, consider the options, and choose wisely — the IOL you select will change the very way you see the world!
Below are the different lenses Dr. Surti offers and what they can help with.
Monofocal Lens: A lens with a single focal point, designed to correct cataracts and provide distance vision while offering enhanced image quality. Does not correct astigmatism or near vision and will require glasses at all distances. The monofocal lens is usually covered by insurance except for your copay or deductible as applicable.
Multifocal Lens: A lens with multiple focal points, designed to replace cataracts and correct presbyopia in order to provide a full range of vision — near, far and in-between — while offering enhanced image quality. May reduce dependency on glasses.
Toric IOL Lens: Toric IOL not only replaces the eye’s natural lens but also helps to correct astigmatism at the same time.
Extended-Depth of Focus IOL: An extended-depth of focus lens has one elongated focal point. This type of lens is designed to replace cataracts and correct presbyopia There are two types of extended-depth of focus IOL's, Symfony Toric Lens, and Symfony Lens.
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