Cataract surgery is a very effective solution to the many problems that face the millions of people who suffer from the condition. There are many things to consider before going into cataract surgery, however. One of the most important things for you and your eye doctor to deliberate on is which type of IOL is most suited for you. You can take our cataract self-test, but first let’s talk about what an IOL is exactly.

IOLs Repair Vision by Replacing the Damaged Natural Lens

IOL stands for “Intraocular Lens”, or literally a lens that is put inside the eye. This technology is used to repair refractive errors, as well as eyes afflicted with cataracts. They are made from either silicone or acrylic, and have UV protective coating on them to help prevent sun damage. IOLs come in several different types, and because no eye is the same, you will have to determine which one is right with the help of your doctor. Here’s a brief analysis on the different types of IOLs, and how they compare.

Monofocal IOLs

Monofocal means “one focusing point”, which is an accurate description for what these IOLs do. They are generally made to focus at a distance, allowing the recipient to change to near sight with the aid of glasses. They can also be made in the reverse, focusing on the near sight with the IOLs and requiring glasses to see at a distance. An increasingly popular method these days is to blend the two- fixing one eye for distance and the other for near sight. This allows you to switch dominant eyes for both ranges. This technique is commonly referred to as “monovision”, and can take a bit of getting used to.

Multifocal IOLs

As the name suggests, these IOLs have more than one focusing point. Similar to monovision, it takes time to transition when using them. However, studies have shown that multifocal IOLs generally produce better vision at their different focal points. Contact our cataract doctors in Hinsdale, IL to set up an appointment today and find out more about multifocal and monofocal lenses.

Accommodating IOLs

These lenses also provide multiple focal points. The difference, however, is that the transition between points feels smoother and more natural. This is due to the fact that the IOL adjusts with the movements of the eye. A popular brand of accommodating lens is Crystalens, and is carried by our clinic.

Toric Lenses

Toric lenses fall under a category of IOLs known as “premium lenses”. These lenses are designed to make vision even better than it was before cataracts. Toric lenses can treat for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism. Learn more about our premium intraocular lenses, including Toric, Crystalens, and Technis.

Cataracts can be dealt with. If you or someone you know is suffering from them, don’t hesitate.

Contact Hinsdale Eye Center and ask to schedule an appointment with Dr. Neha Iyengar so you too, can start your journey to clear vision!