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Intraocular Lenses

According to the National Eye Institute, in most cataract surgeries the removed lens is replaced by an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, artificial lens that requires no care and becomes part of the eye. With an IOL, a person has improved vision because light will again be able to pass through clearly to the retina. The recipient of the new lens does not see it or feel it.

After surgery and a brief period of recovery, colors will appear more vivid and faces will become clearer. Most importantly, patients are able to get back to the activities that they enjoy. Cataract surgery is usually performed when the patient is no longer satisfied with his/her vision. During surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial lens. Because most lifestyles require clear distance vision, the most commonly selected traditional lens implants are intended to allow patients to see well in the distance, sometimes even without glasses, while requiring patients to wear glasses to read and see the computer.

New advanced technology options such as premium intraocular lenses (accommodating IOLs) now exist, which can eliminate or reduce one's dependence on glasses altogether. These premium IOLs, which can be multifocal or accommodating, can allow patients to see well at more than one distance (far, intermediate, near), without glasses or contacts. Patients with significant astigmatism may require multiple procedures or a toric (astigmatism-correcting) IOL to reduce their need for eyeglasses.

Although laser vision correction surgery is historically associated with corneal-based procedures such as LASIK or PRK today, it also encompasses intraocular procedures such as cataract and clear lens-replacement with premium IOLs, as well as phakic IOLs and implantable contact lenses.

Christopher E. Starr, M.D., F.A.C.S., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center discusses the innovations in cataract surgery used at NewYork-Presbyterian.


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