Benefits of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
There are many different things that can affect the vision and health of our eyes. In some instances, our sight may be so severely affected that the only option is to remove the natural lens of the eye. This is a transparent, flexible disc of tissue that is located directly behind the iris and the pupil.
There are several different conditions that may necessitate the removal of the lens of your eye. However, when this happens you will need something to replace it. This is because the lens is responsible for focusing light and images on your retina, and actually provides 25-35% of your eye’s focusing power. This is where intraocular lenses, also known as IOLS, can help.
What is an IOL?
An IOL is a medical device designed specifically to replace a lens that has been removed due to an ocular condition, such as cataracts or myopia. IOLs are also used in a procedure known as refractive lens exchange, which is considered by some specialists to be an effective alternative to LASIK.
In the past, patients had limited choices when it came to choosing a replacement lens. However, there are now many different types of IOL available, each of which can help address single or combination vision problems and help you to see more clearly. These tend to be divided into “standard” and “premium” variety IOLs.
Standard IOLs are monofocal. This means that it improves vision at just one, set distance. Patients who opt for standard IOLs will almost certainly require prescription eyewear to support their intermediate and close-range vision.
An increasing number of patients are choosing premium IOLs, because they are capable of improving vision at both near, far, and intermediate distances. Therefore, patients are much less reliant on visual aids.
Toric IOLs are designed specifically to correct astigmatism, which is a condition in which the patient’s cornea is an irregular shape.
What are the benefits of intraocular lenses?
So, why choose IOLs?
By far the biggest advantage of choosing IOLs is the opportunity for improved vision. Our sight is something that we often take for granted, and even a little visual impairment can be very disorientating and debilitating. It can also affect our confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, treatments for conditions such as cataracts and myopia are now safer and more successful than ever before, meaning that there is no need to live in a world that is blurry around the edges.
Undergoing treatment for vision problems and replacing the natural lens of your eye with an IOL can restore your sight and allow you to enjoy life with clear vision once more.
Presbyopia is the term used to describe the age-related degeneration of the eyes, which is principally due to the loss of elasticity in the lens, meaning it cannot change shape to focus properly on nearby objects. Premium IOLs can be used to improve close-range vision, while still maintaining visual acuity at a distance.
Customized for Your Ocular Needs
Our eyesight is as unique as we are, and therefore it is essential that we have an ocular solution that fits with our needs and lifestyle. With the wide range of premium IOLs available, there is a suitable prosthetic lens for every patient and their individual circumstances.
If you would like more information about intraocular lenses and how they can benefit your vision, our experienced and knowledgeable team would be delighted to assist you. Call 718-565-2020 today to arrange an appointment with our experienced board certified Ophthalmic surgeon, Dr. Michael Ahdoot.