New intraocular lens (IOLs) have been introduced that solve more vision problems than ever before. Advanced technology lenses can improve your vision up close, far away and in the middle – just where you need it to read the computer. New IOL options are being introduced each year, making the choices somewhat overwhelming. Before making a recommendation for you, your surgeon will consider the results of comprehensive eye testing. When you and your doctor are considering which type of IOL is right for your visual needs and your lifestyle, there are several factors to consider:
Traditional Monofocal IOLsTraditional IOLs are monofocal, meaning they offer vision at one distance only (far, intermediate or near). Talk to your doctor about whether it’s most important for you to see close in or at a distance without glasses. If you choose the distance option, you will still likely need glasses for reading and computer work.
Toric Monofocal IOLsToric IOLs can also be used to correct astigmatism, depending on how your cornea is shaped.
Multifocal and Accommodating IOLs
Around age 40, most of us lose the ability to focus our eyes on nearby objects. Multifocal and extended depth of focus IOLs are designed to help you see near, far and in between with as little glasses or contact use as possible. Studies show 80-90% of patients are glasses free with the remaining 10-20% needing glasses for some distance. And now there is a combination Toric/Multifocal IOL for patients who want to be as glasses free as possible, but have a significant astigmatism.