Monofocal lens are a popular option. They are a type of intraocular lens that focuses on a single distance. You can choose between near, intermediate, and far distance. You will not lose contrast if you get this type of lens. with this, you are less likely to see glares and haloes at night when opting for this lens. These lens are typically covered by private insurance companies and medicare, making these monofocal lenses the most affordable option for cataract surgery.
Toric IOLs were designed for people suffering from astigmatism. These IOLs are perfect for people suffering from cataracts and astigmatism. Astigmatism is when a cornea is not perfectly round like the edge of a basketball, but more oblong, like the pointy end of a football. This causes light to focus on multiple points on the retina, which results in blurred vision. The Toric IOL is designed to off-set the shape of the cornea, so that light focuses on the retina and vision becomes clear.
Multifocal IOLs are designed with multiple focusing properties. This means the lens can focus near, far, and in between, which can eliminate the need for reading glasses.
Patients who have successfully tolerated monovison in the past with contact lenses are excellent candidates for monovision with their IOL implants. With monovision, the patient’s dominant eye is corrected for distance, while the non-dominant eye is set for near vision. Monovision can provide spectacle independence for the majority of a patient’s daily activities.
Cataracts are an opacity, or clouding, of the normally crystalline lens of the eye caused by the natural aging process, metabolic changes, injury, various forms of radiation, toxic chemicals and certain drugs. The leading cause of vision loss among adults age 60 or older, cataracts impair vision, making everyday activities increasingly difficult. If your vision has become blurry, cloudy or dim, or things you see are not as bright or colorful as they used to be, a cataract may have developed in one or both of your eyes. Many people say that their vision with cataracts is similar to the effect of looking through a dirty car windshield.
The most common procedure used for removing cataracts is called phacoemulsification. After a small incision is made in the side of the cornea (the front part of your eye), a tiny instrument that uses ultrasound energy is inserted into the wound to break up the center of the cloudy lens and carefully vacuum it out. After the cloudy lens has been removed, Dr. Albright will replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant made of plastic, silicone or acrylic. This new, clear lens allows light to pass through and focus properly on the retina. The IOL becomes a permanent part of your eye
Several lens options exist for patients undergoing cataract surgery.