If you have cataracts, an artificial lens may be implanted in your eye to restore your vision. These artificial lenses are called Premium Intraocular Lenses, or IOLs for short.
There are many choices of artificial lenses. Depending on the lens, different eye conditions can be corrected, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.
Until recently, IOLs were only available to correct distance vision. These monofocal lenses helped improve distance vision after cataract surgery, but patients still needed glasses or contact lenses for near vision activities, like reading and playing cards.
Now, advancements in technology have produced multifocal IOLs that allow patients to see clearly at all distances — near, far and all the distances in between.
Premium Lenses / IOLs – Old Bridge, NJ
Dr. Robert Scharfman of Atlantic Medical Eye Care in Old Bridge, NJ provides surgical procedures to carefully replace your natural lenses with these premium lenses, offering a variety of top IOL brands. Nearly all of his patients have experienced incredible life-changing results.
The procedure to replace a patient’s natural lens with a multifocal IOL is the same as that used during cataract surgery.
Our most popular IOL, Symfony lenses work to provide extended ranges of vision to patients along with crisp, clear, continuous vision. Most lenses available will correct only for distance vision, but the Symfony lens works to create clear vision at all various distances (near, medium, far).
The technology that allows for the an extended range of vision with the Symfony lenses is also reported to have a very low incidence of glare and halos post-surgery.
Symfony lenses are able to correct visual problems like presbyopia by making it easier for people to focus at close objects (or reading vision).
Additionally, if you’ve been diagnosed with an astigmatism, this lens is a wonderful option — it comes in both a toric and non-toric option, enabling you to achieve functional near and far vision.
Toric IOLs are specially designed for patients with astigmatism. Toric IOLs have different powers in different meridians of the lens that correct the asymmetric power of the eye typical of astigmatism.
Traditionally, surgical correction of astigmatism required making a series of small incisions (called LRIs, or limbal relaxing incisions) around the cornea to make it more spherical instead of football-shaped. Implanting toric IOLs often improves vision without the need for these extra incisions, and also allows patients to enjoy a faster, more comfortable recovery.
Prior to surgery, measurements are taken to enable cataract surgeons to choose the most beneficial toric IOL power and the required orientation of the implant in the eye to correct the astigmatism successfully.
Crystalens® is a new replacement lens (IOL) that works naturally with muscles in the eye to retain the eye’s ability to “accommodate” — to shift focus between nearby and distant objects. With older IOLs, patients lose this ability and require corrective eyewear to see clearly at near and intermediate distances.
Unlike rigid lenses, the flexible silicone Crystalens® features innovative hinges that allow it to move with the eye’s muscles and accommodate seamlessly, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for vision correction. The Crystalens® is implanted using the same, nearly risk-free cataract surgery techniques as with other IOLs.
Using apodization, diffraction and refraction technologies, the ReSTOR® lens improves upon ordinary replacement lenses (IOLs) by providing comprehensive focusing capabilities so patients can see clearly in a range of lighting conditions and at all distances — at noon or midnight, nearby or far away, and many distances in between.
ReSTOR® multifocal lens implants feature a patented “apodized diffractive” design that optimally distributes light to distance, intermediate and near focal points, depending on the amount of ambient light available. This optimizes image quality in all lighting conditions.
Up to 80% of patients who use the ReSTOR® lens don’t need to rely on glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
IOLs Can Change Your Life
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