Lens Implants | Multifocal Lens

Cataract surgery can now restore vision and improve your quality of life with the use of an intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL implant is a tiny, lightweight, clear plastic disc that is placed in the eye during cataract surgery to replace the eye’s natural lens.

An IOL replaces the focusing power of the eye’s natural lens more closely than either contact lenses or cataract glasses. Unlike contact lenses, an IOL implant is permanent.

There are four main types of IOLs and each delivers a different performance result:

  • Standard monofocal IOL – a fixed lens that is designed to deliver improved vision at just one distance, usually far.
  • Multifocal IOL (TECHNIS™, IQ Restor®) – lenses that use multiple visual zones to provide vision at various distances, including near, intermediate, and far. And in some cases, offering high-quality vision at any distance and in any light condition -- even in low light.
  • Accommodating IOL (Crystalens HD®)– a lens that delivers a continuous range of vision – near, intermediate, and far.

These implants are quite safe and complications from the implantation are few. An IOL implant cannot improve vision lost from causes other than cataracts, such as retinal disease or glaucoma.

For those patients who want spectacle independence and would like to be less reliant on bifocals and trifocals, these lens implants are a great option. A complete eye exam can determine if a patient is a candidate for this type of lens and it also helps in selecting the most beneficial lens for an individual.

For more information on multifocal lenses options in St. Louis through Washington University Physicians or to make an appointment, please call 314-996-3300

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