Have you decided to undergo cataract surgery?

If so, it’s time to select a replacement lens that meets all your vision goals. Also known as intraocular lenses (IOL), replacement lenses eliminate the symptoms associated with cataracts and even correct pre-existing vision issues. That’s right: after cataract surgery, you may no longer have to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

Because cataract surgery can only be performed once on each eye, it’s important to work closely with your eye surgeon to determine which IOL is best suited to your lifestyle. There are currently three types of IOLs to choose from, each of which delivers a unique set of benefits.

Monofocal IOL

The most common type of replacement lens, a monofocal lens improves your vision at a preselected distance of your choosing. Most cataract patients opt for a long-range monofocal IOL and wear eyeglasses for reading and other short-range activities.

Toric IOL

Your eye surgeon will likely suggest a toric IOL if you have an astigmatism or oval-shaped cornea. Both these conditions impact the way your eye bends light, which often results in blurred vision. Toric replacement lenses are designed to alleviate this issue so you no longer have to wear corrective glasses or contact lenses.

Multifocal/Lifestyle IOL

A multifocal/lifestyle IOL works much in the same way bifocal or progressive glasses do, allowing you to see objects both up close and far away. With a multifocal/lifestyle lens, you’ll no longer have to rely on eyeglasses or contacts. This makes these lenses an ideal choice for those who enjoy vigorous activity but still need to regularly review documents or work at a computer.

ReSTOR 2.5, 3.0 (multifocal)

The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® family of IOLs offers more lens options to help patients achieve their post-operative vision goals. Designed to deliver excellent visual quality and acuity over a range of distances, these lenses could reduce your dependence on glasses for activities such as:

  • Cooking, cleaning and playing cards
  • Reading, smart phone or tablet use
  • Watching TV, driving and attending sporting events
  • Shopping, golfing and more

ReSTOR - Toric (multifocal)

he AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® family of IOLs offers more lens options to help patients achieve their postoperative vision goals. Designed to deliver excellent visual quality and acuity over a range of distances, these lenses could reduce your dependence on glasses for activities such as:

  • Cooking, cleaning and playing cards
  • Reading, smart phone or tablet use
  • Watching TV, driving and attending sporting events
  • Shopping, golfing and more

Symfony (multifocal)

Delivering excellent uncorrected visual acuity at all distances, the TECNIS Symfony® IOL allows patients to see clearly across a full range of vision. Rather than splitting light into distinct focal points, the TECNIS Symfony® IOL elongates focus, resulting in an increased depth of field. This empowers you to see a full range of continuous vision while maintaining high image contrast.

AcroSof IQ Restor

The proven performance of AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs can allow astigmatic cataract patients to meet their vision goals with less dependence on glasses or contacts for distance vision.

While each of these premium lenses can eliminate the symptoms associated with cataracts, it’s important to work with your eye care specialist to determine which lens is best suited for your unique vision needs. At Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, our team of eye care experts will meet with you to discuss your lifestyle and long-term vision goals and help you make a decision you can feel good about.

As an ICU nurse for 40 years, I couldn’t be more impressed and felt secure.

- Sandra C.

I noticed my vision was getting cloudy and I was diagnosed with a cataract. The whole procedure was quick and easy. Afterwards, I only need to wear reading glasses for fine print.

- Robert W.

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