For many years Ophthalmologists have treated cataracts by removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant (or IOL). Traditional IOLs improve vision at one focal point only, usually distance; patients require glasses for close and intermediate vision after cataract surgery. Additionally, traditional IOLs do not correct astigmatism and patients who have astigmatism receiving this type of implant would need astigmatism correction in glasses to make their vision its best for distance, intermediate, and near after cataract surgery. In recent years new technology in IOLs offer patients choices that can decrease dependency on glasses after cataract surgery. The physicians at the Spokane Eye Clinic are excited to offer the most up-to-date technology in intraocular lens implants.
For patients with astigmatism we offer Astigmatism-Correcting (or Toric) IOLs. A Toric IOL enables patients to see at a distance with little or no glasses after cataract surgery by decreasing or eliminating their astigmatism correction. Your surgeon can help determine if a Toric IOL is an option for you.
Another option for patients is a Presbyopia-Correcting IOL. Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs are named after the natural aging process that leads to the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs assist patients with their ability to see up close, intermediate, and at a distance, making them less dependent on reading glasses after cataract surgery. Not everyone is a candidate for a Presbyopia-Correcting IOL, your surgeon can help determine if a Presbyopia-Correcting IOL is an option for you. Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs offered at the Spokane Eye Clinic are the Tecnis Symfony lens, Tecnic Symfony Toric, ReStor IOL, Tecnis Multifocal IOL, and the Crystalens.
For more information or to schedule an appointment contact:
Jeff or John, our Refractive Surgery Counselors
Spokane Eye Clinic
427 S. Bernard
Spokane, WA 99204