Everything You Need to Know About IOLs
If you or a loved one have been considering cataract surgery, you have probably come across the term ‘intraocular lens.’ You may have asked yourself, “What is an intraocular lens?” To put it simply, intraocular lenses (IOLs), also known as implantable lenses, are meant to replace a cloudy cataract lens with a clear, artificial lens. They can be made of silicone, acrylic, or other plastic compositions. These tiny devices serve several purposes, all of which provide clearer, sharper vision.
Why are IOLs so important?
Before the invention of IOLs, removing a cataract resulted in clear but unfocused vision that required high-prescription eyewear. Thankfully, modern technological advancements have produced IOLs that can not only replace a cloudy cataract lens but also reduce a patient’s reliance on glasses. Some patients are even able to see clearly without any prescription eyewear at all!
Which IOL is right for you?
Depending on your vision needs, IOLs can help to correct astigmatism, hyperopia, presbyopia, and myopia, in addition to replacing cloudy cataract lenses. Our experts, Dr. Beran and Dr. Weber, will help you select the right IOL for your eyes and lifestyle. They’ll completely customize your treatment so you can achieve your vision goals. Here are just a few of the many options for IOLs:
- Monofocal IOLs: The most common type of lens used with cataract surgery, monofocal IOLs have one focusing distance. They can focus up close, offer medium-range, or provide long-distance vision. Most patients opt for clear, long-distance vision and supplement their up close or medium-range vision with reading glasses.
- Toric IOLs: These lenses are used with patients who have astigmatism.
- Extended depth of focus IOLs (EDOF): These lenses help increase the depth of vision without the glare and halo side effects that can be seen with multifocal IOLs. However, they are best for distance and intermediate vision.
- Multifocal IOLs: Similar to bifocals or progressive lenses, multifocal IOLs allow patients to focus both up close and with long-distance vision. They can significantly reduce a patient’s dependence on glasses after surgery.
- Phakic IOLs (or ICL): These lenses provide a solution for those with moderate to severe nearsightedness, also known as myopia. Phakic IOLs are used in place of laser refractive eye surgery.
If you want to learn more about your options for IOLs, don’t hesitate to call 614.939.1600 to schedule an appointment at Columbus Laser & Cataract Center. We’re excited to help guide you toward lifelong, healthy vision!