Lifestyle Lenses (IOLs)
Prior to the arrival of Lifestyle Intraocular Lenses (IOLs), the traditional approach to treating cataracts involved replacing the natural lens with a standard, artificial IOL. While distance vision was corrected, patients still needed reading glasses (due to Presbyopia) following standard IOL cataract surgery. The fact is that most adults over age 40 experience some loss of close-up focusing ability because the lenses become stiffer over time.
Multifocal and Accommodating Lifestyle lenses now allow our surgeons to correct Presbyopia at the same time they are correcting cataracts.
Multifocal IOLs for Cataracts & Presbyopia
Inland Eye Institute uses the AcrySof ReStor IOL treat the refractive problem caused by Presbyopia to allow for near, intermediate and distance vision. A recent Medicare revision allows patients covered for cataract surgery to choose the ReStor lens at an added fee.
Accommodating IOLs for Cataracts & Presbyopia
The eye’s natural lens depends on the ciliary muscle to adjust the shape of the lens for purposes of focusing the eye on subjects at various distances. An Accommodating IOL, such as the FDA-approved Crystalens, aims to provide this same functionality.
The condition of astigmatism is addressed by the technology of the AcrySof Toric IOL. This Lifestyle IOL can provide cataract patients with distance vision without eye glasses or contacts. Its design feature improves functional vision due to the negative spherical design of the artificial lens that compensates for the positive spherical aberration of the cornea.
We’ll take all the time necessary to provide you with detailed information about your vision condition and treatment options. For more information on Lifestyle IOLs and choosing the best lens for your cataract surgery, contact the cataract specialists at Inland Eye Institute to schedule a Cataract Consultation.