Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs)
Premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) are permanent implants designed to function just like the eye’s natural crystalline lens, which is extracted during cataract surgery. By implanting IOLs, our Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut surgeons help cataract patients regain clear vision after surgery. One of many advantages associated with premium IOLs is that postoperative cataract surgery patients are able to see better at multiple distances, often greatly reducing their need for corrective eyewear.
OCC offers cataract surgery patients a wide range of premium IOLs, including:
The type of IOL your OCC cataract surgeon will recommend for you will greatly depend on your unique circumstances, vision correction needs and lifestyle. Please read the paragraphs below to learn more about your IOL options.
About AcrySof ReSTOR IOL
The AcrySof ReSTOR is a multifocal IOL designed to give postoperative cataract surgery patients a full range of vision after surgery. This means many patients are able to see near, far and everything in between without eyeglasses. In addition, the unique, patented optic design of the ReSTOR lens, which combines the strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies, similar to a telescope, also corrects presbyopia, the age-related loss of reading vision.
In an independent clinical study on AcrySof ReSTOR, four out of five patients who received this IOL reported never having to wear eyeglasses. Nearly 94 percent were so thrilled with the quality of their near vision that they would have the ReSTOR IOL implanted again.
If your goal after cataract surgery is to see clearly at most distances without spectacles, the ReSTOR lens may be an excellent option for you.
About AcrySof Toric IOL
The AcrySof Toric IOL, which is manufactured by Alcon, also the maker of the ReSTOR IOL, is an astigmatism-correcting lens. AcrySof Toric provides clear postoperative vision by correcting astigmatism, distorted vision due to an irregular shape of the cornea. With AcrySof Toric, our cataract surgery patients with pre-existing astigmatism are able to achieve excellent distance vision without the need for glasses.
However, it is important to note that AcrySof Toric patients who also suffer from farsightedness or presbyopia may have to wear spectacles for improved near vision.
About Tecnis Multifocal IOL
The Tecnis Multifocal IOL is similar to the ReSTOR lens in that is provides multifocal correction, meaning patients with this IOL are able to achieve clear vision at most distances. However, the Tecnis IOL uses a different refractive system to focus light into the retina, thereby providing improved vision at any distance and in any light condition, including extremely low light environments. Tecnis Multifocal can also be used to correct presbyopia.
Clinical trials that led to FDA approval of the Tecnis Multifocal lens in 2009 demonstrated that 93 percent of patients who received this IOL in each eye were able to achieve 20/25 or better distance vision and 20/32 or better near vision.
About Tecnis Symfony IOL
The Tecnis Symfony is the first in a new category of IOLs that provides extended depth of focus. The Symfony lens is able to help cataract patients achieve a full range of continuous high-quality vision. The lens also mitigates the effects of presbyopia by helping people focus on near objects. A Toric Symfony lens option is also available for patients with astigmatism.
Clinical trials that led to FDA approval of the Tecnis Symfony lens demonstrated patients with this lens achieved greater improvements in intermediate and near vision while maintaining similar distance vision, as compared to patients who received the monofocal lens. Patients with the Symfony were also less likely to depend on eyeglasses after cataract surgery than those with monofocal lenses.
About Crystalens Accommodating IOL
The Crystalens accommodating IOL is a monofocal lens that is designed to correct presbyopia as well as nearsightedness and farsightedness, allowing our cataract surgery patients to treat a range of vision errors with just one lens implant. Unlike any other type of IOL approved by the FDA, the Crystalens has a uniquely designed hinge that allows it to move back and forth to accommodate the eye’s focusing efforts. In other words, this IOL uses the eye’s natural focusing ability to provide sharp vision at multiple distances. Crystalens is an excellent IOL for our cataract surgery patients.
In clinical studies, more than 80 percent of Crystalens patients were able to obtain 20/20 or better near vision within six months after surgery.