A lens implant or intraocular lens (IOL) is an implanted synthetic lens that replaces the eye’s natural lens after cataract surgery.
Depending on the type selected, a cataract lens implant can also correct the eye’s existing refractive error (nearsightedness or farsightedness).
The type of lifestyle IOL determines the quality of vision improvement after the procedure.
Dr. Kessler’s surgical center is in Westminster, MD. The center has advanced technology and premium cataract lens implants that can also correct astigmatism and presbyopia.
Lens Implant Choices
Choosing the correct lens implant will be a very important decision. Dr. Kessler will personally review your lens implants choices and assist you with making the decision of which lens implant is the best for you.
Acrysof Toric Lens
For patients who have astigmatism, the Acrysof Toric lens implant is usually the best choice.
Correcting Cataracts and Astigmatism in One Procedure
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is an ideal solution for patients with both cataracts and astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common condition that can result in the blurring of your vision, whether looking near or far, while cataracts develop as you age and cloud your vision. This can affect how you perform and enjoy everyday activities such as writing, using a smartphone or driving. Astigmatism usually occurs when the cornea or lens is misshapen and, if you have astigmatism, chances are you already wear glasses or contact lenses to correct the problem.
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is designed to replace your clouded lens while also correcting your astigmatism in one step. This can significantly improve your functional vision for activities such as night driving.1 The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL can greatly reduce, or even eliminate, your need to wear glasses for sharp distance vision, though you will likely still need glasses for reading.
Acrysof Restor Lens
For patients who would like to be free from dependence on glasses, the Acrysof Restor lens implant is usually the best choice.
The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is designed to provide cataract patients with a full range of vision. From reading to driving and everything in between, four out of five AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL recipients reported never wearing glasses after having the lens implanted in both eyes. More than 93 percent of patients implanted with an AcrySof IQ ReSTOR IOL indicated they would have the same lens implanted again, and with good reason.
Patients with both cataracts and presbyopia can have both conditions corrected at the same time, eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses in most cases. Medicare or private health insurance covers a portion of the surgery costs and a portion of the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR lens for qualifying patients.
Cataract correction with the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR lens enables most people to see near, far and everywhere in between, opening up a world of more possibilities for many patients1. Passengers can become drivers again. Golfers can keep their eye on the ball while they enjoy the surrounding scenery. From experiencing family celebrations and reading special birthday cards to looking at the sunset and seeing the happy faces of your loved ones, none of it has to be missed.
Advanced Technology Lens Implants
Modern cataract surgery always includes a lens implant. This is an artificial lens (usually made of a soft acrylic) that restores the proper focus to the eye after cataract surgery. Until 2005 all lens implants were monofocal or single-vision lenses. Glasses were still needed after cataract surgery. Usually the glasses had an anti-reflective coating to assist vision in low light conditions. Today we have new advanced technology monofocal and multifocal (distance and near vision) lenses.
Dr. Kessler’s goal with your cataract surgery is to give you the best possible vision you can obtain. The information below is to help you understand your options with lens implants. There are also additional services, which Dr. Kessler can perform to improve your vision by customizing your cataract surgery to your eye’s specific needs. He will be happy to discuss these options with you during your next visit to our office.
The Standard Monifocal lens is a basic, good quality, foldable lens.
New Technology Monofocal lenses are computer designed and termed aspheric (slightly flatter in the periphery of the lens compared to the center of the lens). Aspheric lenses improve contrast sensitivity and reduce glare. This means that patients who have these lenses will have improved ability to see in varying light conditions such as rain, snow, fog, twilight, and nighttime darkness. The approval was based on a clinical study that measured night driving performance in cataract surgery patients. The lenses tested enables quicker reaction time and showed a meaningful safety benefit for elderly drivers.
Astigmatism Correcting Lens. The AcrySof Toric is a lens that is designed to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and will substantially improve vision without glasses. This is the best choice to correct astigmatism and will give those patients who have significant astigmatism their best possible vision.
New Technology Multifocal lenses are the state of the art in lens implants. You have probably heard about this lens. The multifocal lenses offer the possibility of seeing well at more than one distance, without glasses. It is like having a bifocal lens inside of your eye. Most people with multifocal lens implants do not require glasses for distance or reading. Dr. Kessler uses the Alcon Restor multifocal lens. He believes that this is the best multifocal lens implant available.