Multifocal lens as one example of cataract surgery lens options

Cataract surgery is more than just removing the cloudiness affecting your eye. During the procedure, you will also receive a new artificial lens (intraocular lens, or IOL) to replace the one that previously hosted the cataract. If you are considering cataract surgery, you might be overwhelmed by the lens options you can choose from, but these aspects can help narrow your choices down.

In This Article...

  1. What should I consider when getting cataract lenses?
  2. What are the different types of lenses?
    1. Monofocal
    2. Toric
    3. Multifocal
  3. How do I find out which cataract lens is right for me?

What should I consider when getting cataract lenses?

Your vision is a high priority for living a healthy life, but how your vision is affected and how you use it can play a factor in which lens to choose for your cataract surgery. These variables can include:

  • Current eye conditions: Between astigmatism, glaucoma, and retina damage, your lens options may be limited in order to reduce the amount of light that the eye receives
  • Lifestyle: Driving at night, constant computer usage, and a preference for reading may steer you towards more suitable options can modify your vision
  • Glasses or no glasses: Some lens options may even reduce your astigmatism or your need for glasses altogether

What are the different types of lenses?

Even though there are plenty of lens versions available, they are generally grouped into three categories:

Monofocal

The most common lens type, this option has one focusing distance and can be used for close, mid-range, or far vision. The caveat for this lens is that should you choose one distance type, you will need glasses to correct the other; a monofocal lens for nearsightedness, for example, would still require glasses for farsightedness.

Toric

Many cataract patients also deal with astigmatism, which is a curvature in the cornea or lens that can distort vision and light. With the unique design of the toric lens, astigmatism can be reduced without the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, reading glasses are still advised following the procedure.

Multifocal

For patients who want to have their cataracts removed while also being able to read without glasses, there is the multifocal lens. According to Dr. Pedro Cervantes, a CEENTA cataract surgeon at our SouthPark, Fort Mill, and Steele Creek offices, "This lens option can focus on multiple points of distance compared to the monofocal version, which can also make corrective eyewear unnecessary for both nearsighted and farsighted patients."

How do I find out which cataract lens is right for me?

With so many lens options available, you may feel overwhelmed at first. Luckily, CEENTA is here to guide you towards clearer vision. Our fellowship-trained cataract surgeons can examine your eyes and discuss the right lens option for you that fits your lifestyle and vision needs. Schedule your cataract consultation with Dr. Cervantes online, through myCEENTAchart, or by calling 704-295-3000.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. To make an appointment with a CEENTA eye doctor, you may schedule online, through myCEENTAchart, or by calling 704-295-3000.

 


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