Intraocular Lens (IOL)
What Is An Intraocular Lens (IOL)?
An intraocular lens, or an IOL, is an artificial lens that replaces a patient’s natural lens in the eye. IOLs are typically placed during cataract surgery and offer patients the opportunity to no longer need glasses or contacts after surgery.
At Central Valley Eye Medical Group, we offer a variety of intraocular lenses to our patients. After an eye examination, our doctors will discuss your options and determine which IOL is best based on your preferences and post-surgery vision goals. We specifically offer IOLs for patients with astigmatism and cataracts. Say goodbye to both cataracts and astigmatism and say hello to a clear tomorrow!
Intraocular Lens for Astigmatism
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped. This causes light to focus in more than one point on the retina and thus results in blurry, distorted vision. Traditionally, patients receive a monofocal IOL that generally provides good distance vision without glasses or contacts. However, many patients that also have astigmatism will still experience blurry distance vision because standard IOLs do not correct astigmatism. Today, patients with astigmatism who want freedom from glasses for distance vision after cataract surgery have a choice of lenses.
What is AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL?
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL not only clears vision after cataract removal, but it can also reduce or eliminate the blurring and distortion caused by astigmatism. The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL has a unique “aspheric” surface that proves to correct up to 3 diopters of astigmatism.
Benefits of AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL
- In clinical trials, 94% of patients with intraocular lenses achieved uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/40 or better.
- The AcrySof® IQ IOL provides improved functional vision in challenging, low-visibility environments.
- The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is made of the same highly-biocompatible material as Alcon’s market-leading AcrySof family of intraocular lenses, which have been implanted in more than 21 million human eyes since 1991.
Intraocular Lens for Catarac
What is Clareon PanOptix® IOL?
The Clareon PanOptix® IOL is the next generation of trifocal lens for cataract surgery. It is an artificial lens that replaces your eye’s natural lens. It is made of hydrophobic acrylic, which provides patients with the sharpest vision possible. The Clareon IOL has ENLIGHTEN technology, which improves patients’ ability to see further into the distance while still being able to see clearly up close as well. The Clareon PanOptix® IOL also helps to reduce the risk of posterior capsule opacification while simultaneously reducing glare.
Benefits of Clareon PanOptix® IOL
The Clareon PanOptix® IOL offers patients a variety of benefits, which include:
- Clearer vision: Clareon hydrophobic acrylic material offers patients crystal-clear visual clarity while reducing the halo effects in low-light atmospheres.
- Advanced trifocal technology: The superior PanOptix lens provides patients clear vision at multiple distances, including up close, at a distance, and intermediately.
What is the Vivity Lens?
The Vivity lens is another type of IOL made by Alcon. Vivity utilizes non-diffractive technology to improve all ranges of vision. Vivity Lens by Alcon also offers patients the following benefits:
- Reduced visual disturbances: Patients who receive the Vivity lens tend to have fewer visual disturbances, such as glares or halos.This makes it easier to see in low level lighting or outside when it is sunny.
- Improved vision at all ranges: The Vivity lens also gives patients the most natural visual experience at all ranges.
- High Performance: The Vivity lens is a high performance lens that keeps visual acuity equal in all types of lighting.
RxSight: Lens Technology
The RxSight lens is an innovative lens that can be customized after implantation. Unlike traditional fixed lens that cannot be altered or adjusted after surgery, the RxSight lens can be adjusted to ensure your vision is optimized in all types of lighting. Your doctor can adjust the lens to accommodate your needs effortlessly.
The RxSight lens is also a great option for patients who have well-controlled diabetes, glaucoma, and dry eye syndrome. However, it is important to consult with an experienced ocular surgeon, so they can determine which type of IOL is best for you.
Placing a TORIC or ReSTOR IOL is a relatively simple procedure. Our ophthalmologists will make a small incision in the cornea and remove the cataract lens. The incision size will depend on which IOL our doctors place, but it is a small incision that will heal in time. Then, they will place the appropriate IOL. The entire procedure can take between 15 and 45 minutes. Patients are able to leave the office after surgery, however, recovery time will vary.
What To Expect After IOL Surgery
The staff at Central Valley Eye Medical Group will prescribe eye drops for patients to use after surgery. These will help relieve symptoms such as itching, discomfort, or light sensitivity. We will schedule a follow-up appointment after surgery so our ophthalmologists can check on your progress in the few days following surgery. Some patients experience improved vision immediately and others may take a few days to notice the improvement.
Potential Complications With Intraocular Lenses
As with any surgery, the procedure to place intraocular lenses has potential complications. The primary risk is that certain individuals simply do not adapt to a new way of seeing. The adjustment time will vary based on the patient. In general, IOL placement comes with a high success rate. Risks can include:
- Swelling or bleeding
- Retinal detachment
- Secondary cataract formation
- Eye redness or irritation
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision, halos or glare in low light
- Lens rotation
Choose Central Valley Eye Medical Group
“Dr. Kim and Dr. Titler are fabulous doctors and I would not hesitate to trust them completely with the very precious gift of my eyes. I am a photographer and when I discovered that my sight was failing because of cataracts, I was extremely apprehensive about any procedure that might jeopardize my sight even further. Dr. Kim and the entire staff made the process as easy and comfortable as possible.” – Terry G.