What Are Lens Implants?

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lens implants which replace the natural lens of the eye after cataract surgery. The IOL you choose to replace the cloudy lens (cataract) and restore vision also presents a unique opportunity to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses after surgery.

We use advanced diagnostic technology before surgery, including the iTrace and XXX, to precisely measure the eye and determine optimal lens implant power so the vision you have after surgery is exactly as expected. Dr. Lalin’s surgical expertise, combined with precise diagnostic tools, ensures a precise and expected result.

Lifestyle Lens Options

Fullest-Range Vision Without Glasses

Multifocal, extended depth-of-focus and light-adjustable lens implants give us the ability to correct vision at more than one distance. Traditional IOLs are only able to correct vision one focus point (monofocal). This means you would still need glasses for close-up tasks like reading, and for intermediate tasks like viewing a computer screen or car speedometer, after surgery.  Presbyopia-correcting lenses, on the other hand, allow you to see clearly at a range of distances, in a variety of lighting situations, without glasses.

Light-adjustable lens implants go a step further and allow power-correction after surgery to ensure the optimal near, middle and distance correction you want.  This lens choice is ideal for those who have had prior LASIK, PRK or RK, so that any “refractive surprise” can be eliminated after surgery and deliver excellent vision for life.

Since everyone over 50 suffers from some degree of presbyopia, multifocal lenses offer an excellent chance to regain younger vision and see like you did when you were age 45.

If you enjoy reading, golf, pickleball, quilting, boating, sightseeing, hunting, fishing, road trips, or browsing the internet, one of our presbyopia-correcting implant options may be the best choice for your active lifestyle.

Laser or Lens Implant Correction of Astigmatism

Many patients suffer from astigmatism. The cornea of a “normal” eye has a circular shape, whereas an eye with astigmatism has a longer, more oval, shape. This irregular shape causes blurred or impaired vision at all distances, requiring glasses or contacts to see clearly.

Until recently, there was no lens implant option to correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition during cataract surgery. This left astigmatic patients with only two choices: wear glasses, or have an additional surgery (such as LASIK) to complete their vision correction.

With advancements in IOL optics, the new generation of lens implants have now made it possible for us to provide an effective solution for patients that have astigmatism. For milder cases, we may use the Toric (astigmatism-correcting) lens implant. For patients with moderate to severe astigmatism, Dr. Lalin with use a femtosecond laser during the surgical procedure, providing the most precise astigmatism treatment available.

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is customized specifically to your eye, allowing you to achieve the best distance vision possible after surgery. Patients who choose astigmatism correction enjoy excellent distance vision without the need for prescription glasses. However, glasses will still be necessary for all near tasks, such as reading.

Vision Tailored to your Lifestyle

If you suffer from cataracts, presbyopia and/or astigmatism, and want freedom from prescription glasses or contacts, a Lifestyle Lens may be right for you. Schedule your lens evaluation to discuss your options, so you can enjoy a fuller range of vision without glasses.


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