Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that are used to replace your eye’s natural lens when it is removed during cataract surgery. IOLs have been approved by the FDA since the early 1980s, and recent advances in technology have dramatically improved the quality of vision they can achieve.
At your initial consultation, Sacramento cataract surgeon Stephen Wilmarth, MD, will explain the different types of IOLs in great detail before recommending the ideal option for you. Get started by calling 916-782-2111 to schedule a free consultation at our office in Roseville.
Types of IOLs
Originally, the majority of IOLs were monofocal, which means they were only designed to correct vision at one particular distance (near, intermediate, or far). As a result, most cataract surgery patients still required glasses after their procedure to see clearly at all distances. Monofocal IOLs are still a good option for patients who don’t mind wearing reading glasses or who cannot afford the additional cost of a premium IOL.
However, advances in IOL technology have made it possible to see clearly at a variety of distances, eliminating your need for glasses following cataract surgery. There are several different types of intraocular lenses, considered premium IOLs, which can significantly improve the quality of your vision compared with a traditional monofocal IOL. These include:
- Multifocal IOLs — These IOLs allow you to see clearly at a variety of distances by diffracting light through multiple focal zones.
- Accommodating IOLs — These IOLs work to maintain the natural process by which your eye focuses itself, which is called accommodation. In your eye’s natural lens, accommodation is accomplished by a tiny muscle which alters the shape of your lens to change its optical properties. Accommodating IOLs utilize the same muscle to change their shape based on what you are trying to see.
- Toric IOLs — While these intraocular lenses are monofocal, they are considered premium due to the fact that they can also correct for astigmatism, improving the quality of your vision after cataract surgery.
Premium IOLs at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center
Dr. Wilmarth uses several premium IOLs with his Sacramento area patients due to the superior results that can be achieved. Two of the most common are:
While these IOLs cost a little more than traditional monofocal IOLs, most of our patients find that the improvements in vision make them well worth the additional expense.
Please call Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center today at 916-782-2111 to learn more about the intraocular lens options we offer at a free consultation. Dr. Stephen Wilmarth serves patients in Northern California including the Greater Sacramento area, Roseville, Rocklin, and Folsom.