Understanding YOUR options when it comes time to have cataract surgery Multifocal IOL (presbyopic correcting lens)
Education Is A KEY factor in determining your visual outcome and happiness after cataract surgery. Because The Glaucoma Cataract Consultants cares deeply about the visual outcomes for our patients we now offer the latest technology in multifocal lens implants. These lens types are also often referred to as Presbyopic Correcting Lenses. The Glaucoma Cataract Consultants is one of the first distinguished eye centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania currently utilizing this exciting new technology. In order to better understand your options for lens implant procedures please read below. People with progressed cataracts often describe the sensation as looking through a cloudy window. A cataract certainly will make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright causing eye discomfort. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did and you may think you have a focusing issue. Please click HERE for a more detailed explanation as to what a cataract is. Once you have an understanding of the surgery process you can begin to understand the importance of selecting a LENS.
Interpreting Cataract Surgery and Intraocular LENS options
Once it is determined that you have cataracts and that they must be removed your doctor will then work with you to decide which IOL is best for your visual needs. There are three basic types of IOLs, each designed for a specific corrective function. These types are monofocal, multifocal or accommodating. Please discuss these options directly with the eye doctors at The Glaucoma Cataract Consultants. We will present the option that best fits your visual needs. A few of the lens options are listed here! Because technology is constantly evolving within the ophthalmology and vision care fields new lenses may become readily available. Our staff or doctors will be more than happy to discuss technology and future options.
Alcon Restor Lens
“The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL was designed to provide quality near to distance vision by combining the strengths of apodized and refractive technologies.” – Alcon Technologies.
AMO Rezoom Lens
The ReZoom™ Multifocal IOL is a refractive multifocal IOL that provides cataract patients with greater independence from glasses than monofocal IOLs. This lens actually decreases the possibility of complete dependence on glasses after cataract surgery. Patients that choose to use a multifocal IOL instead of the standard Monofocal IOL benefit with lifestyle advantages that many LASIK patients have been experiencing for years such as playing golf. Please consult our staff to better determine if the ReZoom™ multifocal IOL would be good for you!
If you are seeking an ophthalmologist that performs cataract surgery in Pittsburgh we feel that our doctors and staff offer a very professional approach to helping you through this process. We have the acclaimed experience and technology to lead you to a better visual future.
Glaucoma-Cataract Consultants now offers a new option for those patients with astigmatism who wish to reduce there spectacle or contact lens need following cataract surgery or clear lens extraction. The Acrysof Toric IOL.
The recently FDA-approved Acrysof Toric IOL is recommended for the visual correction of adults with cataracts and astigmatism. Astigmatism refers to the optical irregularity of the eye caused by an unequal curvature of the cornea or the crystalline lens. Present in large amounts it can blur functional vision at distance, midrange and near. The commonly used Spherical or Monofocal IOLs fail to correct corneal astigmatism. The Acrysof Toric IOL is able to provide individuals with astigmatic correction following natural lens extraction. The lens design uses optical principles similar to toric contact lens designs.
The FDA has found that for those with measurable significant astigmatism the Acrysof Toric IOL can provide sharper vision that a spherical IOL and may reduce dependency on corrective lenses.
It offers a fixed range of focus – providing near, midrange or distance vision – depending on patient preference.
The lens is made from the same hydrophobic acrylic lens material as the original Acrysof IOL, which has been inserted safely in over 16 million human eyes. This material provides the surgeon with a high level of rotational stability, which is important to secure accurate positioning of the lens during and post surgery.