During cataract surgery your eye’s natural lens is removed. This is necessary because the protein changes in the lens making it cloudy. After the lens is removed, your Birmingham, MI, cataract doctor will insert a new artificial lens to restore clear vision. The good news is that your replacement lens options are amazing.
Procedure: Let’s Focus on the Implant
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that provide clarity to your vision. In the past, cataract patients only had one option: single-vision lenses that provided clear vision for one distance only. At the Clavenna Vision Institute we offer a variety of advanced technology lens implant options. Your cataracts specialists at our Birmingham location will help you decide which implant is best for you. Read on to learn more about our wide list of available lens implants.
Monofocal Lenses: Budget Lens Option
Monofocal lenses are the most basic type of replacement lens and are often covered by insurance. They are used to restore vision for one area of focus, usually used to restore distance vision. After having a monofocal lens implanted into your eye, you may still need glasses or bifocals after surgery. They won’t correct astigmatism and you may need various pairs of glasses for daily tasks.
Multifocal Lenses: Clear Vision at All Distances
For some patients, the need for cataract surgery can actually be a stroke of good luck because it can mean a reduced dependence on eyeglasses after surgery. Of course, not all cataract patients enjoy clear vision at all distances, but those who choose multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) may end up with better vision than they’ve had in years.
We offer these types of Lifestyle Lenses to replace the cloudy lens that is removed during cataract surgery. Rather than just providing clear distance vision like monofocal lenses do, multifocal IOLs also correct presbyopia (the need for reading glasses to see things up close).
Permanently implanted into the eye, these prescription lenses focus light from different distances simultaneously to allow for clear vision at all distances. As a result, multifocal Lifestyle lenses can reduce your need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.
Toric Lenses: Correct Astigmatism During Cataract Surgery
Many patients experience not only cataracts but also astigmatism (with or without nearsightedness and farsightedness). Having worn glasses or contact lenses their entire lives, they are often surprised to learn that having cataract surgery can also correct their astigmatism as well.
Toric Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are Lifestyle Lenses that replace the cloudy lens that is removed during cataract surgery. Toric IOLs have different focusing powers in different areas of the lens to allow for clear vision at all distances. The lens is permanently placed in the exact location in the eye to adjust for the unique shape of your cornea.
Toric Lifestyle lenses can reduce your need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.
You Have Options
You and your doctor will discuss which IOL option is best for you and your lifestyle during your consultation and exam. The various pros and cons of each IOL will be discussed in detail, allowing you to make the best decision for your lifestyle, vision goals and budget.
To learn more about the different types of replacement lenses for cataract surgery, contact us today to schedule an eye exam. You can find out which lens might be right for you.