Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
When the eye's natural lens is damaged or imperfect, your vision may be compromised to the point where everyday activities become difficult.
During cataract surgery or IOL refractive surgery, the Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons team can provide IOLs to improve your vision.
Find out how intraocular lenses can enhance your quality of life...
3 Top Benefits of IOLs
Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are customized to each patient's needs. Depending on your unique vision problems, you may receive a monofocal or premium IOL, such as toric lenses for astigmatism or multifocal IOLs so that your close-up and distance vision are improved without contact lenses or glasses.
For patients with cataracts or refractive errors, including presbyopia and astigmatism, intraocular lenses can have life-changing benefits. In many cases, patients who receive premium IOLs are able to go through life without any corrective eyewear following treatment.
What Exactly Is an IOL?
An IOL is an artificial lens that replaces a natural lens—the window-like part of the eye that rests behind the pupil and focuses light onto your retina. When this lens is damaged or imperfect due to aging or refractive errors, it can make your vision blurry or cloudy.
Intraocular lenses are made of plastic and are biocompatible. There are many types, including multifocal IOLs, accommodating IOLs, and toric IOLs. Our Garnerville and West Nyack offices offer several options.
Intraocular Lenses Can Help Patients with:
By removing your clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial lens during cataract surgery, our surgeons can help you achieve clearer, crisper near and distance vision without contact lenses or glasses.
IOLs can also be used to correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. This is often archived with the use of toric and/or multifocal IOLs.
Before Receiving IOLs, You Should Have:
Although many patients are able to achieve freedom from contacts or glasses, it is important to maintain realistic expectations. Some lenses improve certain aspects of your vision while sacrificing others.
Your Career & Lifestyle Should Guide Your Decision
There are many types of intraocular lenses available, so we understand you may feel overwhelmed thinking about which type of implant is right for you. However, our doctors will carefully explain each option. In addition to the health of your eyes, our doctors will take your career and lifestyle into account when choosing which type of IOL is right for you. If you work in a job that requires you to have great distance vision, such as a pilot or a driver, you will need a lens that does not compromise distance vision.
Our doctors will help you explore all of your options so that you have realistic expectations and satisfying results after the procedure.
Unmatched Training & Expertise at Two Convenient Locations
In addition to being one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the area, we have some of the most highly trained doctors nationwide. Several of our doctors are fellowship-trained and each of our members is trusted by their colleagues. When doctors around the country have a complex case, they often refer their patients to us.
For your convenience, we also have two fully equipped office locations where we perform advanced ophthalmic examinations, as well as a nearby state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center where surgical procedures are performed.