Many people need reading glasses after having cataracts removed. To prevent a reliance on corrective glasses or contacts, you may want to consider advanced vision treatment like presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs). At Longhorn Eye Care in Pflugerville, Texas, Dr. Adam Hart can use IOLs to improve your vision after cataract surgery, so you won’t need help reading, driving, or seeing objects at a distance. To find out if IOL implants are right for you, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Presbyopia is an age-related condition that gradually causes you to lose your ability to see up close. It’s common in people over 40 as the lens of your eye grows rigid.
As presbyopia progresses, you may find it difficult to do close-up work, such as reading or using a computer. In most cases, you need to use reading glasses to read and see things close to you.
Presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOL) are effective replacements for your natural eye lens following cataract surgery.
Intraocular lenses are an ideal treatment option if you aren’t a candidate for refractive surgery and don’t want to depend on reading glasses for good close-up vision.
There are three types of presbyopia-correcting IOLs, including:
Multifocal intraocular lenses are the most common, although each type of lens offers clear vision at multiple distances. Dr. Hart can determine which lens choice is right for you based on your specific vision needs.
In addition to significantly improved vision and convenience, presbyopia-correcting IOLs have several other advantages, such as:
Unlike contact lenses, Dr. Hart implants intraocular lenses into your eye. You don’t have to remove them for cleaning or special care.
Intraocular lenses provide clear, sharp vision at multiple distances and work much like bifocal and trifocal glasses or contacts. You can see up close and far away without depending on corrective eyewear, including reading glasses.
Dr. Hart inserts your intraocular lenses during your cataract surgery. You won’t have to undergo multiple surgeries to get better eyesight once Dr. Hart removes your cataracts.
As soon as you put on your lenses, your vision improves immediately and continues to improve as your eye heals.
The risks of side effects following IOL implants are minimal. The most common issues people experience include:
Typically, these issues resolve on their own without further treatment. If these issues are problematic, Dr. Hart can recommend additional corrective treatments.