Intraocular Lenses

IOL Options for Cataracts

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are artificial lens implants that replace the eye’s natural crystalline lens that has become clouded by cataracts. There are several IOL options that can provide varying levels of vision after cataract surgery, including:

  • Monofocal IOLs
  • Multifocal IOLs
  • Accommodating IOLs
  • Toric IOLs

Monofocal IOL

Monofocal (traditional) IOLs provide clear vision for one distance only. If you have presbyopia (a condition where most people over age 50 have trouble seeing close-up) you will probably still require reading glasses after cataract surgery.

Multifocal (Presbyopia-Correcting) IOL

Multifocal (advanced) IOLs have multiple focal points and provide clear distance, intermediate and close-up vision. These lenses actually correct presbyopia and allow most patients to toss out their reading glasses after cataract surgery.

Accommodating (Presbyopia-Correcting) IOL

This is another type of presbyopia-correcting IOL that uses the eye muscles’ natural focusing ability to see at all distances. These lenses can also correct presbyopia and allow close-up vision after cataract surgery.

Toric (Astigmatism-Correcting) IOL

TORIC IOLs allow you to eliminate cataracts while at the same time correcting the astigmatism that may distort your vision. Improved distance vision is often achieved with this type of IOL.

Schedule your Cataract Consultation today to learn more about your IOL options.