Currently in today’s world, several options exist for which intraocular lens implant (IOL) can be placed in your eye during cataract surgery. Standard IOLs can correct a person’s pre-existing nearsightedness or farsightedness but do not correct for astigmatism or presbyopia (the decreased ability to read fine print up close that occurs as a result of aging, usually after the age of 40). In order to correct these conditions as well, several specialized IOLs are available.
Toric IOLs are used to correct astigmatism, as well as the patient’s underlying nearsightedness or farsightedness, thereby decreasing the need for glasses at a distance and providing clearer vision. Multi-focal IOLs correct a person’s distance, intermediate and near vision, thereby allowing him or her to see fine print up close without the use of reading glasses. Placement of either the standard, toric or multi-focal lens requires the same process and does not affect the actual cataract surgery. Our eye specialists are trained in placement of all types of IOLs and would be happy to assist you in choosing an IOL that would best suit your needs.