Intraocular Lens (IOL)
What are Intraocular Lenses
An intraocular lens, also known as an IOL, is an artificial replacement lens. These replacement lenses are implanted after the natural lens of the eye has been surgically removed during cataract surgery. After IOL placement, patients can often see without the need for glasses or contacts and have clear vision.
Types of Intraocular Lenses
Patients can choose from a wide variety of IOLs. Each lens offers its own advantages and the most effective lens will differ for each patient. During a consultation before cataract surgery, Dr. Sondheimer will discuss your goals, based on occupation and lifestyle, and choose the most effective lens for you. Dr. Sondheimer offers the following intraocular lenses:
- Toric monofocal
- Toric multifocal
Monofocal intraocular lenses allow patients to focus on near or far objects. Unfortunately, patients cannot adjust for varying distance. Therefore, these patients still have to rely on glasses or contacts to see clearly at all distances. Patients can choose to see clearly at a distance, at close range for reading, or both. When choosing both it allows patients to have one eye see distance and one eye see at a close range, such as for reading. Dr. Sondheimer offers Alcon and AMO monofocal IOLs.
TORIC Monofocal IOL
As with monofocal IOLs, toric monofocal IOLs correct eyes at distance or close range. Unfortunately, in the past, astigmatic patients could not have their vision corrected during cataract surgery and would require additional surgeries. These additional procedures, such as refractive surgery or LASIK, would correct their vision. However, toric IOLs are now available and offer astigmatic patients the option to correct their astigmatism during cataract surgery and provide complete vision correction. Dr. Sondheimer offers Alcon toric intraocular lenses.
In the past, monofocal intraocular lenses were the only option patients had. Now, patients can have multifocal IOLs placed at the conclusion of cataract surgery to correct vision at near, intermediate and far distances. As a result, multifocal lenses can completely eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses for most patients. Multifocal intraocular lenses appeal to patients that prefer not to wear glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Sondheimer offers the following multifocal intraocular lenses:
Toric Multifocal IOL
Toric multifocal IOLs, like toric monofocal IOLs, offer a solution to astigmatism patients that undergo cataract surgery. Patients with astigmatism can now see at all distances and depend less on glasses or contact lenses after surgery. Dr. Sondheimer offers AMO Toric Multifocals and AMO Symfony Toric IOLs.