Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Intraocular Lens Implants

Intraocular Lens Implants, Intraocular Lenses, or IOLs as they are more commonly known are artificial lenses that are used to replace natural lenses during Cataract Surgery that have become clouded with Cataracts. They can also be used as a solution for people without Cataracts who suffer from Presbyopia a condition in which the crystalline lens of the eye becomes less flexible, thus losing its ability to focus on near objects. There are many types of Lens Implants that we use at Michelson Laser Vision and Alabama Eye & Cataract Center.

Monofocal vs. Multifocal Lens Implants
Traditional Lens Implants or Monofocal IOLs are able to improve vision at one distance (intermediate, far, or near) only. Dr. Michelson uses Multifocal Lens Implants to help presbyopic patients who are having problems with their near vision see more clearly at a range of distance. This advanced IOL technology allows Dr. Michelson to replace the eye’s natural lens with a new, artificial lens that can help restore visual clarity to near, intermediate and distance vision.

Astigmatism Correcting Toric Lens Implants
People with astigmatism before their Cataract Surgery will have to wear eyeglasses or have additional surgery after the Cataract is removed in order to fully correct their vision unless they elect to have an astigmatism correcting toric lens implanted as part of their Cataract Surgery. “If freedom from glasses for distance vision is important to you, you now have a better option. The unique design of a toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve your uncorrected distance vision after cataract Surgery,” said Dr. Michelson.

Spherical Aberration and Cataracts
A type of visual distortion that is common to patients with Cataracts is called spherical aberration. Spherical aberrations are generally associated with:

• Blurriness
• Halos
• Loss of contrast
• Poor night vision

Dr. Michelson uses Aspheric Lens Implants rather than traditional spherical lens implants for his patients as they provide enhanced clarity, improved image quality and better contrast sensitivity that is especially noticeable in dim illumination or at dusk.

Please feel free to schedule an appointment and contact us with your questions about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants by calling Alabama Eye & Cataract Center at 205-930-0930.