Your Lens Options After Cataract Surgery

If your eye doctor has told you that you are in the early stages of developing cataracts or has suggested that refractive lens exchange would be a good vision correction option, you might want to research the new emerging lens implant technology in the field of ophthalmology. If you are nearing the age for cataract surgery and want a reliable vision correction solution premium lens implants might be a good fit for you. Premium lens implants have been helping patients do the activities they might not have been able to do because of their vision. Imagine golfing, driving, or reading the newspaper with less or no  dependence on glasses.

Traditional Lens Implants

Prior to the introduction of Premium IOLs, cataract surgery was only available with a monofocal lens. This meant that the lens implant was only capable of focusing at one range of vision, usually at a distance. For years patients would have monofocal lens implants that would help them see better far away, but they would require eyeglasses after cataract surgery to help them see anything close up. Patients who had an astigmatism would often need to wear glasses at a distance as well.

Why Choose a Premium Lens?

At Charleston Cornea and Refractive Surgery, we offer the most advanced lens implants after cataract removal. These premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) give you the best possible vision. With premium IOLs, many people never need glasses after cataract surgery, or only wear them occasionally. Dr. David O’Day and his experienced staff can help you understand the options available and what lens is best for you. When deciding, it is best to keep in mind the type of activities you do on a daily basis, and to choose the lens that will fit your lifestyle the best.

Your Options for Preimum IOLs include:

  • Multifocal IOLs
  • Toric IOL
  • Accommodating IOL

How Does An IOL Work?

An intraocular lens (IOL) works by replacing the focusing power of your eye’s natural lens. Today’s IOL technology can give you better vision – often without glasses – than before cataract surgery.

Thiry years ago the usual treatment for Cataracts was removal of the clouded lens followed by wearing Eye Glasses with very thick lenses, while Presbyopia required the use of reading glasses. Today, due to the amazing advancements in IOL technology over the past three decades, a patient can typically hope for and achieve good to excellent vision quality from a Lens Implant without the need for Eye Glasses at all. Depending on the type selected, an IOL can also correct the eye’s existing refractive error (Myopia or Hyperopia).

At Charleston Cornea and Refractive Surgery, board certified ophthalmologist Dr. David O’Day will thoroughly evaluate your eyes before recommending an IOL. He will also inquire about your work, hobbies and other activities to make sure your IOL fits your lifestyle.