Cataract Surgery & IOLs
A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. A normal lens is clear and lets light pass to the back of the eye. Cataracts block some of that light and as they develop, it becomes increasingly difficult for the person to see. Cataracts are a normal part of aging. Cataracts can be corrected with surgery.
Many people with cataracts may experience symptoms such as:
- Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy vision
- Difficulty in seeing to drive, especially at night
- Trouble seeing to do close work
- Double vision
- Poor vision in bright light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Frequent changes and a stronger glasses prescription
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Your visit at the surgery center will last approximately 2- 2 ½ hours and most are able to go home using the eye that just had surgery. Your vision, although improved, will take several days to settle. You will be able to resume most normal activities the day following your surgery, being careful not to rub or bump the eye. It will take a few months for the eye to completely heal from cataract surgery.
Premium Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs)
During cataract surgery, artificial lenses are implanted in the eye to replace the cloudy natural lenses. These artificial lenses, known as intraocular lenses (IOLs), were once only able to correct distance vision, leaving patients dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses for near vision. Many cataract patients, in addition to suffering from either nearsightedness or farsightedness, also suffer from presbyopia, natural changes to the eyes that occur as we age.
Before premium lenses, patients were unable to see clearly at both near and far distances without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Early lens implants were monofocal, meaning that they had only one focal point and could not adjust to varying distances.
New advances in technology have allowed for the development of multifocal IOLs, which let patients see clearly at all distances, and can even correct astigmatism as well. Premium lens implants are ideal for cataract patients who are also suffering from presbyopia and want a replacement lens that provides a full range of clear vision.
There are several different types of premium lens implants available for cataract patients. Dr. Favero will work with you to decide which lens is best for your individual eyes to help you enjoy long-lasting, clear vision at near, intermediate and far distances.
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