A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, which can cause one's vision to become blurry. They are common with age and can occur in one or both eyes. While cataracts are not painful, they do cause many symptoms such as blurry vision, fewer details, glare while driving or reading, dull colors, changes in your glasses prescription and double vision in one eye. New advances and techniques have made cataract surgery one of the most successful and life-improving surgical procedures performed. Most cataract surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and more than 95 percent of surgeries improve vision.

Intraocular Lenses

During cataract surgery, the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens or IOL. The FDA approved IOLs in 1981. Since then they have become an effective alternative for cataract patients. Prior to IOLs, after the natural lenses were removed, cataract patients needed to wear special contact lenses or very thick eyeglasses after surgery.

Types of Intraocular Lenses

Conventional IOLs are only monofocal, offering patients vision at only one distance (far, intermediate or near), and still requiring them to use corrective lenses to compensate for other distances. Now, there are new multifocal IOL’s available, which provide patients the ability to see well at more than one distance without the use of glasses or contacts. Some examples of multifocal IOL’s include: AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®, ReZoom® and Crystalens®.

Other types of IOLs available include: AcrySof® Toric IOLs, which can correct astigmatism and Blue Light-Filtering IOLs, which help to filter UV light rays.

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