For effective vision correction, there are plenty of options that are available to meet the needs of patients. When you come in to our practice, we’ll be sure to fully assess your situation and consider the various treatment options that may best address your unique needs. Every patient is different, every eye is different, and we regard each treatment with those concerns in mind.
About Vision Correction Options and What They Achieve
Sometimes patients will be able to be treated through refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK, which is effective for the treatment of refractive errors. (Refractive errors refer to myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.) Other times, more involved treatments will be required. The more involved treatments are particularly effective when it comes to serious vision health issues.
About Intraocular Lenses
When it comes to LASIK alternatives and solutions after cataract surgery, our eye care specialists often turn to intraocular lenses, also known as IOLs. An intraocular lens implant differs slightly from an implantable contact lens, or ICL. Intraocular lenses are often used to replace the crystalline lens of the eye if it has been affected by cataracts. By contrast, ICLs such as the Verisyse™ and Staar Visian ICL™ are used to help improve vision for patients who do NOT need cataract surgery and still have a clear, natural lens in the eye.
These implantable lenses come in two different forms: monofocal and multifocal. Let’s take a moment to look at both right now.
About Monofocal Intraocular Lenses
Monofocal intraocular lenses are designed to focus at one distance. For example, a monofocal lens may only be good for distance vision or close-up vision. Corrective lenses would need to be worn to address the vision for the other focal length.
About Multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOL's)
Multifocal IOL's, such as the ReSTOR® or TECNIS® lenses, correct distance and near vision by virtue of the fact that they consist of multiple fixed planes of focusing power. Accommodative intraocular lenses, such as Crystalens™, are able to provide clear vision at different distances. This means that patients will be able to see objects nearby as well as close-up. There are many advantages of getting multifocal intraocular lenses, though some patients will elect to get monofocal lenses. These matters can be discussed in more detail during your consultation at our practice.
Weighing Your Options and Making the Best Decision
When you come to our practice for an examination with one of our eye care professionals, they will be sure to answer all of your questions in detail so you can make an informed decision about your needs. We find that educated patients are the best type of patients because they have realistic expectations of surgery and know precisely what risks and benefits are involved.
Learn More About Vision Correction and Eye Care
If you would like to learn more about intraocular lenses and other eye care matters, be sure to contact our surgical coordinator. The entire team here is eager to discuss these matters with you in more detail, answering your every question and addressing all of your concerns.