Here’s How Your Ophthalmologist Supports Your Best Vision after Cataract Removal
- Posted on: Mar 15 2022
Cataracts are a very common problem around the world. It is said that, on an annual basis, nearly 25 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition. Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss, which can sound concerning. However, the silver lining with this condition as opposed to others, like glaucoma, is that vision loss isn’t permanent. The way that cataracts affect vision is by causing clouding and blurriness. At first, colors may not look as vibrant as they once did. Halos and glares may appear around light sources. As the lens becomes clogged with clumps of protein, it may become difficult to read signs or make out the finer details of faces. At some point, most people who have cataracts decide to do something about them. The cataract removal procedure takes only a few minutes and, afterward, the patient gets to enjoy clear vision. Thanks to the development of new and improved replacement lens options, patients may also get to enjoy crisper vision.
What Are Intraocular Lenses?
The lens of the eye is integral to clear vision. Light passes through the lens and the cornea and, based on their clarity and shape, reaches the retina at the back of the eye in a stream that produces an image. Cataracts cloud the natural lens, so it must be removed at some point. Removing the lens without a viable replacement results in distorted vision because there is no power to focus light. Intraocular lenses are synthetic lenses with the proper magnifying power to restore vision to its optimal clarity and crispness. The first IOLs had no power so patients had to wear extraordinarily thick eyeglasses to see well. Today, we have a wide variety of IOLs from which to choose. Many of them are designed to not only provide a clear lens but also to improve the magnifying power so a patient may engage in their desired activities without the need for eyeglasses.
Some of the intraocular lens options available at Roholt Vision Institute offices include the following:
- Basic, single vision intraocular lens. This provides good vision but has no power to correct refractive errors. Patients need reading glasses and possibly distance glasses.
- Light Adjustable Lens (LAL). This premium intraocular lens, which incurs an additional cost, is extremely sharp because it is customized to the patient. Subsequent visits after cataract removal involve adjusting the IOL using ultraviolet light.
- Multifocal Lens Implants. We offer several multifocal lens implants, including CustomCorrection II, Multi-focal: Panoptics®, Symfony®, Tecnis® Crystalens®, Restor®. These intraocular lens implants usually allow patients to achieve both distant and near vision without eyeglasses.
- CustomCorrection I™. This may include techniques such as Zepto®, LASIK, or PRK. This option corrects low degrees of astigmatism and refractive error allowing patients less dependence upon glasses after cataract surgery.
- CustomCorrection A™. This IOL option includes a Toric premium lens that is designed to correct moderate to severe astigmatism.
- CustomCorrection Blend Vision. In this custom correction option, the dominant eye is focused for distance, the other eye for near. The ocular system “neuro-adapts” to this in a week or two for most people.
Cataracts represent one of the primary reversible causes of vision loss. Don’t let this condition diminish your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule your cataract removal consultation in Canfield, Alliance, or North Canton.