Cataracts are one of two common eye conditions that cause decreased vision
quality in aging adults. Approximately 22 million Americans over age 40
and about 60 percent of people over age 60 will develop
cataracts, resulting in more than 1.5 million cataract surgeries performed each
year in the United States.
Patients with cataracts have more than one treatment option available.
Although a lens clouded with cataracts cannot be cleared, vision lost
due to cataracts can be restored if the clouded lens is removed and replaced
with an artificial lens implant. Intraocular lenses (called intraocular
lens, or IOL for short) are highly advanced medical devices designed to
mimic the natural crystalline lens of the eye. There are a number of different
types of IOLs designed to meet a variety of eye health and lifestyle needs.
There is no such thing as the "best" lens, but there is a lens
that is best for you. With the newest technology, some patients may very
well have the option of maintaining an active lifestyle without the encumbrance
of glasses and contacts after cataract surgery. Implantable lens options
available at Key-Whitman include:
• Trulign® and Crystalens® are accommodative lens implants. The unique Crystalens® design allows
you to enjoy a wider, more natural range of vision for most activities,
including reading a book, working on the computer, or driving a car. Trulign®
allows for the same, and includes toric treatment for astigmatism. Crystalens®
is the only naturally focusing IOL available today and is the clear choice
for patients wishing to preserve not only their intermediate vision, but
obtain a continuous range of vision.
• TECNIS® Multifocal Lens and
AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® are implantable multifocal lenses that restore vision after cataract surgery
and treat presbyopia (vision loss with age that creates the need for reading
glasses). These option s can restore a patient’s youthful vision
and provides the patient an excellent chance of becoming independent from
glasses for most daily activities.
• Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery is available for patients who qualify. This latest and proven technology
allows eye surgeons to view the cataract in high resolution and precisely
perform some of the most delicate portions of the surgery, including the
treatment of astigmatism using a computer-controlled laser beam of light.
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Your post-cataract surgery vision depends on choosing the right IOL implant
for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons
to discuss your lifestyle and vision needs and help determine which
high technology lens option is best for you.