The only way to restore clarity to your vision if you have cataracts is to have your natural lens removed and traded out for a clear artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens (IOL). In the past, there was only one option for a replacement lens…and most patients still had to wear glasses after surgery. Today, advances in cataract surgery technology now allow you to achieve different levels of vision clarity by choosing the type of IOL that fits your lifestyle and vision goals. Our cataract doctors in Lansing can guide you in the right direction.
- Are you an active person who would like to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses? A multifocal or accommodating IOL might be a great option.
- Are you tired of dealing with reading glasses in dimly-lit restaurants and when trying to see your smart phone? Our extended depth of focus IOL has been effective for many patients.
- Have you struggled with astigmatism your entire life…and dreamed of having clearer vision? A toric IOL might be right for you.
Quite often, patients can greatly reduce or even eliminate their need for glasses after surgery. Imagine the freedom! Take our short quiz to find out what type of lens might be right for you.
Replacement Lens Options
Monofocoal IOLs are the traditional lenses used for cataract surgery. These lenses are very effective at restoring functional distance vision. They have one point of focus. While distance vision is improved, most patients still need to wear glasses for other distances, like reading and computer work. Monofocal IOLs don’t correct astigmatism, so people who have astigmatism may still need to wear distance glasses.
Multifocal IOLs are a type of Lifetstyle Lens designed to replace cataracts and help correct more than one point of focus. Their goal is to correct distance vision and other ranges, like reading or intermediate, to give you greater independence from glasses. This lens may not be recommended for patients with astigmatism. Most insurance companies will pay a small portion of this IOL.
Accommodating IOLS are another type of Lifestyle Lens designed to mimic the eye’s natural process of accommodation. Accommodation is the eye’s natural ability to bend its lens to focus. The eye naturally loses its accommodating power as it ages due to the hardening of the natural lens. This makes it necessary to wear reading glasses or bifocals. The accommodating IOL helps restore the ability to accommodate and reduces dependence on glasses. Most insurance companies will pay a small portion of this IOL.
Toric IOLs are designed to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is when the surface of the cornea has both flatter and steeper curves, similar to the shape of a football. When the cornea has an uneven curvature, vision becomes distorted. In order to correct this distortion, correction has to be placed in your glasses or contact lenses. If you need cataract surgery and have astigmatism, you may want to consider a Toric IOL to help correct the astigmatism to give you the best possible quality of vision after surgery. While distance vision is improved, most patients still need to wear glasses for other distances, like reading and computer work. Most insurance companies will pay a small portion of this IOL.
Extended Vision IOL
The new Alcon AcrySof® IQ Vivity® Extended Vision Lens is the only presbyopia-correcting IOL with X-WAVE technology. Presbyopia is a condition that affects most people over age 40. It occurs when the eye lenses start to become more rigid, losing the ability to flex to read things up close such as text messages, medicine labels, magazines, menus and more. These lenses have been very effective in helping our cataract patients achieve great vision in bright and dim lighting. Learn more here.
Our Doctors was one of the first ophthalmologists in Michigan to implant the first and only FDA-approved trifocal lens: the Alcon AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal intraocular lens (IOL). PanOptix is clinically shown to deliver an exceptional combination of up close, intermediate and distance vision. In fact, with the ability to read things like text messages, restaurant menus, medicine labels, clothing tags, computer screens and televisions more clearly, PanOptix patients may not have to rely as heavily on glasses after surgery. Nighttime vision may also be improved for driving.
The best way to find out what type of IOL is best for you is by scheduling an eye exam with us. When the time is right for your cataract surgery in Lansing, Michigan, you will know what type of lens to choose.