About Cataract Lenses
For cataract removal surgery, both laser and traditional, the eye's lens is removed and replaced with an artificial IOL (intraocular lens). Occasionally called implants, IOLs are highly advanced inserts that are able to act like your natural lens, even improving upon existing refractive errors as well. Prior to your cataract treatment, you will attend a consultative appointment with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists at one of our locations throughout Central Pennsylvania. During these consultations, we will assess the stage of your cataracts, general eye health, visual acuity, and lifestyle to determine which IOL would be best suited for your unique needs.
The Eye Center of Central PA features a highly qualified team of eye doctors who strive to enhance your quality of life, as well as your overall health. If you are experiencing cloudy vision and believe that you may have cataracts, please get in touch with one of our offices. We have the tools, techniques, and technologies to help you overcome cataracts once and for all.
Cataract Lens Options
Our ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA offer a range of different and unique IOLs to suit the needs of our cataract surgery patients. The kind of IOL you receive during the procedure will depend on the results of your thorough eye evaluation, as well as your needs and preferences. At our Central PA offices, we offer:
- Monofocal IOLs – These IOLs are most commonly used for patients who receive cataracts surgery and are designed to provide clear vision at one focal distance (either close up, far away, or at mid-distance). The majority of patients select intraocular lenses that offer clear, accurate distance vision and opt to use reading glasses when needed.
- Toric IOLs – Toric IOLs were created for individuals who have astigmatism and cataracts, and they're capable of addressing astigmatism similarly to toric contact lenses. Like monofocal IOLs, these implants may also treat near or far vision; however, they do not correct both.
- Multifocal IOLs – Multifocal IOLs are able to offer more accurate vision both far away and close up simultaneously, which is accomplished through different "zones" that can be set at varying strengths based on your refractive error. Multifocal IOLs might diminish a person's dependence on glasses, but they don't fully correct vision.
- Accommodating IOLs – These IOLs are intended for cataract surgery candidates with presbyopia to lessen their reliance on reading glasses. Accommodating IOLs can shift or "flex" within the eye with the help of the natural muscles to focus at various distances.
We're also pleased to give our patients access to the highly advanced AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL, an innovative intraocular lens designed to provide individuals with clear vision at close, intermediate, and far distances. This newest addition to the AcrySof IQ family of intraocular lenses has been called "the next-generation trifocal," owing to its ability to correct vision at any distance and minimizing the patient's dependence on eyeglasses.
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Choosing your lenses
When it comes to the lens implant used for your lens replacement, our board-certified surgeons will discuss all your options with you. Your input and lifestyle are vital to the decision-making process. Throughout your pre-treatment appointments and assessments, our team members will gather all the necessary information about both your eye health and visual acuity. Using these details, we can identify if any refractive error or astigmatism exists. We will also talk about your lifestyle and typical daily routine, as well as your primary vision goals (like whether you want to be able to drive or read without glasses). From there, we will work with you to determine which intraocular lens is ideal for you and your unique needs.
What to Expect
Your cataract surgery will most likely be performed at our surgical facility in Allenwood, which holds accreditation with the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care). Before the procedure, we will go over what you can expect from treatment in terms of your results, the rate your vision may improve, and recovery details. Since each patient is different, procedure outcomes vary person-to-person. The majority of patients are happy with their results and the success of their surgery, and they often experience better vision than what they had in the past. Your artificial lens will not degrade, the results from your procedure are long-lasting. However, some patients will still develop PCO (posterior capsule opacification) in the months or years following their cataract removal, which will create cloudy, blurred vision once more. Thankfully, PCO is quickly and easily treated with a procedure known as a YAG laser capsulotomy.
CHOOSING A REPLACEMENT INTRAOCULAR LENS
Our expert team of ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA will use our knowledge and experience to help you determine the correct intraocular lens (IOL) for your unique needs. Depending on your starting eye health, an IOL can not only replace a lens damaged by cataracts, but it could also correct any refractive errors you may have. Following the removal of your eye’s natural crystalline lens during cataract surgery or clear lens exchange, you have the option to choose from a variety of IOL’s based on your vision goals. Standard single vision, Toric astigmatism correcting lens, the mutifocal Tecnis, Restor and PanOptix lens. Contact us to learn more about these options.