What are IOLS?
“IOL” is an acronym for “intraocular lens.” IOLs are
artificial lens made of plastic, silicone, acrylic or other material that is implanted in the eye during cataract surgery.
There are a wide range of replacement
lenses available to cataract patients, each offering different advantages for your post-surgery vision. The most effective lens depends on each patient’s individual preferences and goals for their vision. The latest lenses help eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery, providing convenient, effective results for your specific vision conditions.
Dr. Ray Mostafavi provides the very latest techniques in the field of cataract surgery. A board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-accredited LASIK surgeon, he has spent over 12 years performing refractive surgery, and has personally performed over 5,000 vision-correcting procedures. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Mostafavi has the experience to ensure each individual cataract patient receives the IOLs that best suit their particular needs and situation.
In the past, cataract lenses were only able to correct distance vision, often leaving patients with the need for reading glasses. Multifocal IOLs offer patients freedom from glasses after cataract surgery by improving vision at all distances and at anytime of day. These lenses can quickly change focus to accommodate your vision needs. Up to 80 percent of patients do not need to rely on glasses with multifocal IOLs
Toric IOLs are specially designed for patients with astigmatism. Traditionally, surgical correction of astigmatism required making a series of small incisions (called LRIs, or limbal relaxing incisions) around the cornea to make it more spherical instead of football-shaped. Implanting toric IOLs often improves vision without the need for these extra incisions, and also allows patients to enjoy a faster, more comfortable recovery.
If you are a patient with cataracts, you are considering surgery because your cataracts prevent you from seeing well with your corrective eyeglasses. After cataract surgery you should be able to see well for both far and near distances with your new eyeglasses (assuming no other eye health problems). The decision about which type of artificial lens implant to have will only affect your ability to see without eyeglasses following cataract surgery. With both standard and multifocal lens implants, most people will see reasonably well in the distance without any eyeglasses. However, multifocal lens implants will provide the added convenience of being able to read many things without glasses.
No current technology can eliminate glasses, and how well you will perform with multifocal lens implants can vary because of individual factors. Nevertheless, they are an excellent option for patients who already need cataract surgery who want to decrease their reliance upon glasses. While multifocal implants carry no guarantees, they should greatly improve the odds that you will be able to read and see better overall without glasses.
Please inquire for more about your eligibility and the cost if you are interested in this technology!
Accommodative IOLs offer a full range of restored vision for cataract patients. Many people
experience a loss of near vision with age and often need to rely on glasses after cataract surgery. Accommodative IOLs such as Crystalens® replace the natural eye’s natural lens and mimics its accommodation capabilities, allowing you to see clearly across a wide range of distances.
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