Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
During cataract surgery, the inner lens of the eye is fragmented, extracted, and then replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The lens implant not only takes the place of the natural lens – it can also correct refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) for improved vision. IOLs are extraordinarily advanced lenses, and many types of IOLs can even be used to enhance the vision of patients without cataracts in an elective procedure called refractive lens exchange (RLE).
IOLs from our experienced ophthalmologists at Eye Doctors of Washington have proven to be highly effective components of cataract surgery and can dramatically improve the quality of your eyesight.
Multifocal IOLs were FDA-approved in 2005 and revolutionized lens replacement for cataract surgery. Originally, IOLs could only correct nearsightedness or farsightedness. However, the innovating Multifocal IOL focuses light in such a way that allows the enhancement of near, intermediate, and distant vision. One clinical study demonstrated that 80% of patients who receive Multifocal IOLs no longer need to rely on corrective eyewear for activities that ranged from reading to driving. Our eye doctors are some of the most experienced users of Multifocal IOL technology in the United States. In fact, the Eye Doctors of Washington were the first to use Multifocal intraocular lens implants in Washington, DC. Our patients are very happy with the quality of life improvement that Multifocal IOLs offer them.
The TECNIS® Symfony IOL is approved by the FDA to improve extended vision following refractive cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. Our doctors were part of the initial FDA trials that ultimately led to this approval and are proud to offer the advanced new IOL at EDOW. The Symfony lens is the first of its kind to correct presbyopia with extended depth of focus. It was specifically designed to improve near and immediate while maintaining the quality of distance vision. As a result, patients typically have a reduced dependency on corrective eyewear, like glasses and contact lenses. The Symfony IOL can also treat astigmatism through one of its four Toric models.
Astigmatism is a common condition that impairs the vision due to an uneven curvature of the cornea. While a standard lens implant placed during cataract surgery can correct for nearsightedness and farsightedness, it cannot correct for astigmatism; therefore, quality distance vision may still require glasses or contact lenses. Surgical treatments such as LASIK laser vision correction, limbal relaxing incisions, and astigmatic keratotomy can be beneficial in cases of astigmatism; however, a new type of intraocular lens called the Toric IOL may be the ideal solution. A Toric IOL is an innovative lens implant option because these unique lenses can correct distance vision and astigmatism simultaneously, reducing or eliminating the need for corrective eyewear. For cataract surgery patients with astigmatism who do not want to rely on glasses and contacts, Toric IOLs implanted after removal of the cataracts can offer very successful results.
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For more information about our IOL options including Multifocal IOLs and Toric IOLs, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.
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