Intraocular Lens Implants
Several different types of intraocular lenses may be used to replace the eye’s natural lens. This acrylic intraocular lens is very small and sits inside the eye after surgery. A single-focus (or monofocal) lens can be implanted, providing clear distance vision, but will require eyeglasses for near and intermediate tasks, such as looking at a cell phone, wrist watch or dashboard, and for astigmatism correction.
To reduce dependency on glasses after cataract surgery, a multifocal intraocular lens can be implanted into the eye. Patients who choose this lens implant use glasses 1/2 as often as those who chose a monofocal IOL, based on our actual patient outcomes.
Choosing the Vision You Want for the Rest of Your Life
Recent advances in IOL technology give cataract patients the option of choosing advanced lens implants that provide a fuller range of vision, unlike the single-focus design of a monofocal lens. Our lifestyle lenses, ReSTOR® and Toric® are designed to improve your vision to see near, far and at all ranges in between, along with one-step correction of astigmatism to improve your distance vision.
Surgery and Lens Implant Options
The goal of our Advanced Refractive Cataract Surgery option is to offer the newest surgical techniques and the best opportunity to see without glasses for the majority of your day.
- Standard Cataract Surgery: Manual incision and removal of cataract with insertion of a monofocal single-vision lens. Ultrasound used for removal of cataract. Glasses still needed post-surgery.
- Advanced Cataract Surgery: Optiview Refractive Analysis (ORA) intraoperative wavefront analysis to titrate intraocular lens power; Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) to look for macular disease; iTrace to assess internal irregularities of vision; Pentacam to measure true corneal power after refractive surgery and arcuate keratotomy for astigmatism correction and enhancement, if needed.
- Laser Assisted Surgery: Femtosecond laser used for precision, safety and low astigmatism correction.
- Astigmatism Surgery: Femtosecond laser assisted with Toric single vision lens implant to improve distance or near vision for those with more significant astigmatism.
- Advanced Multifocal Lens Surgery: Femtosecond laser assisted with multifocal lens implant to improve distance, intermediate and near vision.
- Previous Laser Vision Correction Surgery: Multiple measurements and diagnostics. Advanced calculations for best single vision lens implant.
Cataract Surgery Specialist
For over 25 years, thousands of patients have trusted Dr. Carlson with their eyes. He is Mayo Clinic trained, board certified, and extremely experienced in advanced cataract surgery techniques. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlson for cataract surgery and rest assured you will be in the most capable and trusted hands.