An Intraocular Lens (IOL) is a lens that is implanted in your eye during cataract surgery to replace the natural lens that has become a cataract. There are many options which include multifocal IOLs,astigmatism correcting IOLs, or monofocal IOLs. Medicare now offers partial coverage for implantation of the newly FDA-approved premium IOLs. While standard monofocal IOLs often suffice for distance vision, there are now highly advanced multifocal IOLs that can provide you with a full range of vision again, greatly reducing or even eliminating the need for glasses following cataract surgery. Toric IOLs replace your eyes natural clouded lens during cataract surgery and have the ability to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism while correcting the cataracts.
There are also advanced lenses that improve vision for night driving – which may provide a safety benefit for older drivers. The objective is not simply to improve patientsâ€™ distance vision, but rather to enhance their vision at all ranges with an IOL that fits their individual needs, often reducing the need for glasses in the process. Dr. Tyson will work with you to select the lens that best enhances your lifestyle.