The doctors and cataract surgeons at Eye Consultants of Atlanta aim to achieve the best for every patient and carefully analyze your eye health and visual needs to select the appropriate intraocular lens. The standard intraocular lens is a medical marvel and has been in development for more than 60 years.
When appropriate, you may be offered the option of choosing a premium lens implant. Premium lens implants offer patients visual advantages beyond the standard intraocular lens. Premium lenses are intended to help patients achieve the goal of decreased dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Some patients are completely free from wearing glasses after cataract surgery with premium lens implants, while others may only need glasses in specific settings. The doctors at Eye Consultants of Atlanta are skilled and experienced in the use of the latest lenses that provide multiple focal points by use of an optical process called diffraction. They are designed to correct presbyopia (near vision loss that occurs with age) in order to provide a range of vision– near, intermediate and distance. Part-time glasses may still be needed after implantation of this type of lens. This style of lens does not correct astigmatism and can create visual effects at night from lights. Generally, patients are not severely bothered by these phenomena.
Accommodating Lens Implants are premium lenses that contain a hinge-type design and are intended to provide near and far vision. Part-time glasses may still be needed after implantation of this type of lens. This style of lens does not correct astigmatism.
Toric Lens Implants are astigmatism-correcting monofocal lens implants. This type of lens is designed to correct astigmatism. The goal is to create focused vision at a predetermined location, either distance or near targets. Most patients opt for sharp distance vision. Reading glasses are expected to be used after implantation of this type of lens. This type of lens is not intended to provide distance and near vision simultaneously.
Multifocal IOL lens implants allow patients to see distance and near targets after cataract surgery. While monofocal lenses are still considered standard for cataract surgery, multifocal lenses are a newer option that offer advantages that are worth considering. It is important to consider all of the features you want from a lens and to discuss your needs with your Atlanta based cataract surgeon at Eye Consultants of Atlanta.
Multifocal lenses can improve your vision at near, far, and intermediate distances. Additionally, they can provide better near vision without glasses than monofocal lenses (they are set for distance vision).
Accommodative lenses work with your eye’s natural focusing muscles to help you see clearly at different distances levels without using glasses. These lenses provide an expanded range of clear vision when compared to a conventional monofocal lens. However, you may still need to use reading glasses in some situations in order to comfortably see small print.
Toric Lenses for Astigmatism After Cataract Surgery
Toric intraocular lenses are designed to offset the eye’s natural astigmatism. These lens implants are carefully placed in the eye in a manner to reduce or eliminate astigmatism. The goal of these lenses is to provide astigmatism patients with sharp vision. If you are unsure if have astigmatism, please check with your eye doctor.
Astigmatism is a refractive, or focusing error, in which one is unable to see objects clearly and is due to an irregular shaping of the eye’s surface. In cataract surgery, astigmatism is considered an asymmetric steepening of the cornea. The irregularly shaped cornea causes light to be focused unevenly. Astigmatism may occur in varying degrees in each eye and can accompany myopia or hyperopia (nearsightedness or farsightedness, respectively). For individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common.
The eye doctors at Eye Consultants of Atlanta are pleased to offer Toric IOLs for astigmatism correction after cataract surgery. Recent advancements in intraocular lens (IOL) technology have made it possible to provide an effective solution for patients that have astigmatism. Until recently, cataract patients with astigmatism did not have an option to correct their astigmatism with cataract surgery. Now astigmatic patients have the choice to correct this problem.
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