When cataracts start interfering with your everyday life, it may be time to remove them to restore clear vision. Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are implanted during cataract surgery to replace your natural, cloudy lens.
Before undergoing cataract surgery, your eye doctor will help you select an intraocular lens best suited for you. Although a standard IOL is the most affordable option, you may choose a premium IOL to accomplish various visual goals.
Keep reading to learn if you should consider premium lenses before cataract surgery!
Greater Independence from Contacts or Glasses
A standard intraocular lens only corrects vision at one distance, usually far away distance vision. This means that you’ll still require your contacts or glasses to see up close.
On the other hand, premium lens implants are designed to improve your vision at multiple distances, eliminating or reducing your need for corrective eyewear. So, if you’ve always desired to rely less on visual aids, premium IOLs are the way to go.
With time, cataracts cause various symptoms. These include blurry vision, increased sensitivity to light, double vision, and difficulty seeing at night.
Cataract symptoms make it hard to perform routine activities and significantly decrease your quality of life. When used to replace your natural lens, a premium IOL can enable you to enjoy crisp, clear vision for the years to come.
Premium IOLs Can Address Astigmatism
A normal cornea has more of a round basketball shape. But with astigmatism, the cornea is almost shaped like a football.
This irregular curvature of the cornea prevents light from focusing correctly on your retina, causing blurry or distorted vision. Standard IOLs can only fix nearsightedness or farsightedness.
However, they can’t correct astigmatism. Specially made premium IOLs called toric lenses treat astigmatism and enable you to see clearly without relying on glasses or contacts.
Allows for an Active Lifestyle
Premium IOLs are your best bet if you live an active lifestyle. You can travel, hike, swim, work out, go camping, and do so much more without worrying about the limitations of prescription lenses.
Depending on the premium lens you choose, you’ll be able to live life exactly how you want without contacts or glasses getting in the way.
Imagine how much easier jogging will be without glasses constantly slipping down your nose or fogging up.
Some premium IOLs even enable you to see better in low-light settings. Such lenses can be useful if you prefer to run in the evening.
Premium Lenses Can Correct Presbyopia
Presbyopia is a normal part of the aging process. As you grow older, your once flexible lens becomes rigid, making it difficult to focus on images close to you.
If you’re over the age of forty and have noticed you can’t see well unless you move your smartphone or magazine closer to your face, you may have presbyopia. Most people with presbyopia are given reading glasses to see clearly.
But if it’s time for cataract surgery and you wish to get rid of your prescription eyeglasses, premium lenses provide the perfect solution. With a presbyopia-correcting premium IOL, you’ll be able to read the menu, check your phone, and see street signs without needing glasses.
Premium IOL Options
If you’ve decided you want premium lenses, you’ll need to select from the available options. With your doctor, you’ll figure out the right premium IOL for you, depending on your vision goals, budget, and lifestyle.
A multifocal lens implant provides clear vision at multiple distances. With this lens, you’ll see close-up, far away, and intermediate objects without depending on your contacts or glasses.
Most patients who choose a multifocal IOL can read, watch TV, and even drive with reduced dependence or no need for glasses.
These intraocular lenses are specifically made to treat astigmatism. Once implanted in your eye, toric IOLs are aligned with your pre-existing astigmatism, compensating for the refractive error.
Much like a multifocal IOL, a trifocal lens has multiple focus rings with alternating refractive powers. This makes it possible for the lens implant to offer clear vision at all three distances – close, distance, and everything in between.
Trifocal intraocular lenses have no blurry zones. So you won’t strain to see at any distance.
Accommodating IOLs have a unique design that enables them to move forward and backward just like your natural lens would when focusing. Thus, they can deliver a continuous range of vision for near, middle, and distance.
Thanks to accommodating lenses, you’ll experience greater freedom from contacts or glasses.
Light Adjustable Lens
The Light Adjustable Lens is the only IOL that can optimize your vision after it’s implanted. As a result, the intraocular lens offers the most precise vision correction possible.
With these implants, you’ll significantly reduce your need for corrective eyewear.
See Better than Ever with Premium Lenses
If you’re struggling with poor vision due to cataracts, it may be time to have them removed. The renowned ophthalmologists at Joshi Retina Institute can determine if it’s time for cataract surgery and help you choose the best premium IOL.
Want to enjoy the benefits of premium lenses after cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract evaluation at Joshi Eye Institute in Boynton Beach, FL, today!