Cataract surgery involves the removal of the cloudy cataract lens and placement of a lens implant. Today, there are exciting options for patients when determining what type of lens implant to use. Cataract surgery is an opportunity for patients not only to improve their vision, but also to reduce their dependency on wearing glasses. The standard lens implant can offer good vision in the distance without glasses if patients do not have astigmatism. However, with new lens implant technology, patients with astigmatism or those looking for good distance and near vision also have successful options.
Multi-Focal Lens Implants
As the name implies, these lens implants focus light at both near and far distances. The technology works when both eyes have a multifocal implant. Candidates are carefully selected after extensive testing of the eye and evaluation. Patients can expect a significant improvement in their dependency on glasses, but may need glasses for some activities.
Toric Lens Implants
A toric lens, whether a glasses lens, a contact lens, or an intraocular lens, corrects a common vision problem called astigmatism. Astigmatism refers to a condition of the eye in which either the cornea or natural lens inside the eye are curved more like the shape of an egg.
Toric lens implants can correct astigmatism that is in the cornea. This allows patients with astigmatism to experience less dependency on glasses after cataract surgery. Candidates for this lens are also selected after special testing and evaluation by our doctors.