what are Cataract Lenses?
There are over 3 million cataract surgeries performed in the United States every year. It is one of the most common procedures that is used to correct poor vision and improve existing refractive errors. With both traditional and laser cataract surgery, the eye's lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens or IOL. This is an artificial lens that is carefully implanted to restore visual acuity. There are several different types of IOLs and the Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida is pleased to offer so many options to our Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Bonita Springs patients. If you are considering cataract surgery, we invite you to sit down with board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. James Croley to learn more.
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what are the different types of cataract lenses?
The Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida offers a variety of IOLs to meet the diverse needs and personal preferences of our clients to ensure optimal visual acuity and comfort. Prior to selecting your IOL, a comprehensive eye exam will be conducted to determine which option may be best for you. Below are the IOLs we offer:
- Toric IOLs – These IOLs are designed to correct astigmatism similar to traditional eyeglasses. These implants can also help improve near or far vision and now come in bifocals.
- Monofocal IOLs – These lenses have a single power of focus or strength to correct vision at one point of distance. They help provide clear vision for objects that are at near, intermediate, or far distances. Patients who receive monofocal IOLs typically still need glasses for reading.
- Multifocal IOLs – These lenses have a bifocal-like way of providing clearer vision at near or far distances. When you look at something that is far away, the only image the lens can focus on is the distant image and when you focus on an object up close, that is the image that is clear. These lenses can help reduce the need for glasses.
- High-Definition IOLs – Traditional or spherical lenses are round, like a basketball, but the shape of the cornea is more oval-like or aspheric. High-definition IOLs, also known as aspheric IOLs, are another type of multifocal IOLs that can better match the natural oval-like shape of the cornea, provide sharper vision with improved contrast, and bend light more accurately to provide better night vision or vision in low light. High-definition IOLs can be used for distant, intermediate, and near vision.
- Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs – These lenses are a type of multifocal IOLs that provide good distance and near vision by expanding the range or depth of focus of the lens. These IOLs are a great option for those who wish to drastically reduce their dependence on glasses.
how does cataract lens surgery work?
Cataract surgery is considered an outpatient procedure and generally takes about 10 – 15 minutes per eye. At the start of your procedure, your eyes will be numbed and specialized tools will be used to carefully and precisely remove the damaged lens from each eye. The desired IOL will then be implanted, and thanks to modern medical techniques and technologies, no stitching is required. Once your procedure is complete, you will be discharged, but you should arrange for someone to drive you home. We will also give you specific aftercare instructions and schedule a follow-up so we can closely monitor your healing progress. If you have any questions or concerns during your healing period, do not hesitate to call our office. We are here to serve you.
Cataract Lens FAQ
What is the best cataract lens for me?
The first step in selecting your IOLs is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Croley. This allows us to assess your eye health, conduct diagnostic tests, and discuss your personal preferences and lifestyle. All of these factors will be considered when selecting which IOLs may be best for you you. Patients can also choose to have different types of IOLs in each eye to maximize their vision and decrease their need for wearing glasses.
How much do cataract lenses cost?
The exact price of cataract lenses will vary depending on the type you choose, as well as the overall needs of your eyes. After your consultation, we'll create your treatment plan and provide you with a detailed cost estimate for the procedure, as well as the lenses.
How long do cataract lenses last?
Cataract lenses are designed to last for the rest of the patient's life. It is very rare to experience issues with the cataract lens within the years following the procedure. This allows our patients to feel comfortable knowing their results will last a lifetime.
get high-Quality iols
The Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida offers a select list of high-quality IOLs for patients whose natural lenses have been damaged by cataracts. If you have cataracts and are tired of suffering from poor vision, reach out to any of our locations in Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, or Bonita Springs, FL to schedule an appointment. Seasoned ophthalmologist Dr. Croley can discuss all the benefits and limitations of intraocular lenses.