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Refractive Cataract Surgery

A refractive intraocular lens.Refractive cataract surgery improves your overall vision by removing the cataract. During the same procedure, the quality of your vision can be improved by also correcting presbyopia or astigmatism with the use of a refractive intraocular lens. During the surgery, the cloudy lens of the eye is removed (in most cases) and replaced with a permanent lens implant.

Choosing to have cataract surgery is an important decision. It's equally important to talk to your doctor and determine which type of intralocular lens (IOL) is the best choice to correct your unique vision condition(s), including cataracts, presbyopia, and astigmatism.

IOLs are very small, highly advanced medical devices designed to recreate the function of your eye’s natural lens. Today’s cataract replacement IOL designs fall into three basic categories:

  • Standard monofocal. Typically designed to provide clear distance vision.
  • Premium technology multifocal. Specifically designed to correct presbyopia and provide good vision at near, intermediate, and far distances. Many people over the age of 50 are uncomfortable driving or unable to easily read at intermediate or close distances without glasses due to presbyopia. Multifocal IOLs offer personalized options to give you exceptional vision at all distances (near, intermediate, and far) and in most lighting conditions and may eliminate the need for glasses. Whether you want more comfort while reading a book, more confidence while viewing the screen on your smart phone, or excellent vision to find your golf ball on the fairway, multifocal IOLs offer a unique solution customized for your lifestyle.
  • Premium technology toric. Specifically designed to correct astigmatism and provide clear distance vision. While standard IOLs can improve vision by replacing the eye’s clouded natural lens, glasses or contacts will still be needed to correct the astigmatism. However, depending on your priorities and lifestyle, your doctor may recommend a premium technology toric IOL. Its technical design replaces your cloudy, natural lens, corrects your astigmatism, and typically provides crisp, clear vision with less reliance on glasses for distance vision. However, after surgery, you may still need glasses to ensure optimal near (close) vision.

At OMC Advanced Vision and Diagnostics and LASIK services, we explain the specific advantages and disadvantages of each lens type, and help you decide which IOL is the best choice to provide you with a lifetime of quality vision.

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