Oct 19

Cataracts and Intraocular Lenses (IOLs): Understanding Surgery

Cataract Surgery IOLs - Mandeville, LA

Posted by Neil Notaroberto M.D.

Tagged with: Iols Cataract Surgery

An intraocular lens (IOL)Here at EyeCare 20/20, patients who live in the greater Mandeville area know that they will receive state-of-the-art eye care. That includes advanced cataract surgery using the latest techniques and technologies.

A number of patients have had questions about cataracts and the use of intraocular lenses (IOLs) to restore their vision. Let's go over these matters right now.

About Cataracts

Cataracts refer to the clouding of the naturally clear eye of the lens. When a cataract forms, the lens becomes opaque and milky. Left untreated, cataracts can cause lower quality vision and even vision loss. That's why cataract surgery is performed.

About Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a rather routine procedure, which involves the breaking up of the clouded lens of the eye and its removal from the lens capsule. Cataract surgery often involves the replacement of the natural lens of the eye with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens, or IOL. This is done in order to restore, improve, or maintain vision.

What are intraocular lenses (IOLs)?

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that are used to replace the natural lens of the eye after it is removed. With an IOL in place, patients will experience restored vision and goo overall vision quality.

The Benefits of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

The benefits of intraocular lenses are numerous. The primary benefit of getting an IOL, however, is that it a patient's vision is restored, and the use of corrective lenses after surgery may not be necessary. That's right, thanks to IOLs, you may not need glasses after you've had cataracts removed.

Placing Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

The placement of an intraocular lens (IOL) occurs as part of the cataract removal surgery. Once the old lens it removed, the IOL is typically placed into the lens capsule so long as the surgeon preserves the capsule during the surgery (which is common practice).

Types of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

There are different kinds of intraocular lenses (IOLs) on the market that can address your vision care needs. Some IOLs are only able to provide proper vision at one focal length. Others are able to provide good vision at multiple distances. Still others are able to accommodate your vision, adjusting much like the natural lens of the eye would.

The best option for you and your needs can be discussed in more detail during the cataract surgery consultation.

The Results of Having Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) Placed

Patients who receive intraocular lenses (IOLs) often say they have a positive experience. The lenses enhance their vision, making blurry and unclear object sharper, and allowing them to focus properly again. The ability to see without relying on corrective lenses or with reduced dependence on corrective lenses is a major advantage for many patients who undergo cataract surgery.

Learn More About Your Eye Care Options

For more information about cataract surgery and how it can help you, be sure to contact our advanced eye care center today. The team at EyeCare 20/20 looks forward to your visit and helping you have healthy eyes and great vision.

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