In cataract surgery, the lens implant replaces the natural lens. The lens implant will not develop cataracts or presbyopia (difficulty focusing on close up objects, such as reading). Different types of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are used for basic cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. Monofocal Intraocular lenses are used in traditional cataract surgery, and for laser cataract surgery Lifestyle Intraocular lenses are typically used.
After performing a comprehensive exam and consultation, the doctors at Eye Clinic of Austin will counsel each patient about their best cataract surgery lens option according to lifestyle, medical and eye health history.
Monofocal Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
The most traditional IOL is a Monofocal IOL. Mono means one and focal means focus of the lens of an eye. This means that Monofocal IOLs will only provide vision for one distance. This distance, or power, for the lens is calculated prior to surgery and is usually selected to give you good distance vision. When Monofocal IOLs are used, the patient will still require glasses for reading and mid-range vision, and may require them at all times if there is a lot of astigmatism.
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Lifestyle Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Multifocal IOLs are referred to as Lifestyle IOLs or presbyopia-correcting IOLs because they are designed with multiple focusing properties. This means the lens can focus near, far, and somewhat in between, which can reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses.
Toric Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Toric IOLs are also considered Lifestyle IOLs, as they were designed for people suffering from astigmatism. They can correct most astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. These IOLs are perfect for people suffering from cataract and astigmatism and they reduce or eliminate the need to have corneal refractive treatment to correct the astigmatism.
Astigmatism is present when a cornea has an oblong shape rather than a round shape. This causes light to focus on multiple points on the retina, which results in blurred vision. The Toric IOL is designed to offset the shape of the cornea so that light focuses on the retina and vision is clear.
The Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery reported in March 2009 that Toric IOLs can correct astigmatism substantially better than other options, and that after three months, 70% of the patients in the study who received Toric IOLs achieved 20/40 vision or better.
Accommodating Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Accommodating IOLs are Lifestyle IOLs that are designed to work with the muscles of the eye to focus upon whatever distance is needed. These IOLs provide sharp vision for multiple distances with clear distance vision, excellent computer vision and air reading vision, often requiring weak reading glasses for fine detailed or prolonged close work.
RXSight Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)
The RXSight Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is unique in that these lenses are customizable even after your cataract surgery. They are made of a special material that allows our doctors to work with patients to optimize their vision. Traditional cataract surgery requires a degree of estimation without knowing exactly how your eye will heal following surgery. By using the LAL, your final vision can be adjusted so that you achieve the clearest vision possible.
There are two major benefits of the LAL:
- Choosing this lens eliminates anxiety surrounding your cataract surgery. This is because patients are not asked to make a permanent lens decision without experiencing the potential outcomes.
- It allows patients to have more control after cataract surgery through the adjustability of the LAL.
This lens is FDA-approved and has been successful in thousands of patients worldwide. You can feel confident that you are receiving the best outcome for your vision.
Evo Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
EVO is an Implantable Collamer Lens that is used to correct common vision issues such as nearsightedness. This lens is often regarded as an alternative to LASIK and corrects vision for a large range of prescriptions. Additionally, the lens benefits patients who want to reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. It is designed to work in harmony with the natural anatomy of your eye. Benefits include:
- Crisp vision in the day and night
- Quick, minimally invasive procedure
- All day eye comfort
- Reduced risk of dry eye
What material is the EVO ICL lens made of?
The lens is made from a material known as Collamer, which is a collagen co-polymer. The lens is biocompatible, which means it does not cause reactions in the eye. Additionally, the lens offers protection from harmful UV rays with its UV light filter.
Can ICL be removed?
EVO ICL is designed to remain in the eye without the need for maintenance. However, the lens can be removed via surgery if deemed necessary. Patients should be aware that they will lose the benefit of their vision correction if the lens is removed.
Will others be able to see the ICL?
The EVO ICL is placed behind the colored part of the eye (the iris). You will not be able to see the lens in your own eyes and neither will others.
Is the EVO ICL comfortable?
The EVO ICL is a secure device made of biocompatible material that is not attached to any structures within the eye. It offers patients the benefit of comfortable, clear vision.
How does the Light Adjustable Lens work?
The LAL is composed of an advanced photosensitive material that adjusts the power of the lens in response to UV light. After the lens is implanted and your eyes have healed completely, special light treatments are delivered at Eye Clinic of Austin, allowing our doctors to adjust the lens so that you achieve the best vision possible. Light treatments are quick and convenient, lasting approximately 90 seconds each. The number of treatments you receive depends on the desired visual outcome. Once the desired result is achieved, the lens is treated to prevent any additional changes and you can begin experiencing life with clear sharp vision.
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Cataract Surgery Patient 7
“He has the best bedside manner, his staff is wonderful, and I’m so glad I did it with him — he’s great.”
Cataract Surgery Patient 6
“The surgery was miraculous! I mean, as soon as he was through, I could already see better. I just can’t say it enough — I’m so happy with it.”
Cataract Surgery Patient 5
“When I got the surgery, even as my eyes were healing, I noticed things were very vivid, very clear.”
Cataract Surgery Patient 4
“The surgery with Dr. Irshad was like nothing. It was over so quickly! I didn’t have to do anything except just lay there and it was really easy.”
Cataract Surgery Patient 3
“Your eyes are pretty precious and you have to trust the people that are going to be working on them, and definitely the group here is great.”
Cataract Surgery Patient
“My vision is totally clear. I can see everything. Everything is just plain as day... It was effortless. Everything went so smoothly.”
Cataract Surgery Patient 2
"The whole world is a lot crisper and clearer and more beautiful to me right now... The whole practice is just professional and wonderful to deal with and completely gave me confidence. I’ve sent a few people over here already. I rave about this place."
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