Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL)

intraocular lens implantsWhat are Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs)?

Intraocular lenses, commonly called IOLs, may be one of the most important ophthalmic developments in the past 30 years. These tiny prescription lenses are placed inside the eye during cataract or Clear Lens Extraction And Replacement surgery (CLEAR), replacing the eye’s natural lens (called a cataract when it becomes clouded). Prior to the development of IOLs, cataract patients were forced to wear thick “coke bottle” glasses or contact lenses after the surgery. They were essentially blind without their glasses.

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storypic-iolpennyWhat are the Benefits of IOLs?

IOLs are small, and because they are placed safely within the eye, the lenses are invisible and provide a new sense of freedom and comfort.

Today, patients receiving IOLs often enjoy the best vision of their lives. Thanks to sophisticated formulas used to calculate the corrective prescription power of the lens. We look at Cataract surgery as a chance to give our patients excellent vision, and in many cases, without glasses.

Types of Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs) :

video_thumb_bergstrom_visian_iclThere are three main types of IOLs, the standard monofocal lens and the “Lifestyle” lenses which include multifocal and accommodating lenses:

Monofocal Lens

Monofocal lenses are the standard lens and the most common used in cataract surgery today. These lenses are programmed to allow the patient to see at distance, perhaps even without glasses. The patient will still need to use reading glasses for any near activities.

Lifestyle Lens

Lifestyle lenses offer the patient enhanced vision by providing both distance and near vision or by correcting astigmatism. These lenses give the patient the best vision possible without the need for glasses.

Accommodating Lens

Accommodating lenses are another Lifestyle lens. These lenses gives patients the chance to experience vision more naturally. The lens has the ability to focus or shift slightly in the eye, creating a more natural range of vision. Patients can expect good distance, intermediate and near vision. The amount of near vision varies from patient to patient.

Multifocal Lens

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Multifocal lenses are a type of lifestyle lens. These lenses have two or more focal points or spots where vision is clear. The areas of clear vision are usually at distance and around 12-14 inches.

Toric Lens

The last type of Lifestyle lens is a Toric lens. This type of lens is a special monofocal lens that also corrects for astigmatism.

Alternative Lens Implant Options

If you are not a candidate for Intraocular Lens Implants, Visian ICL might be an option.


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To learn more about our Lens Implant options or to schedule a consultation, please call us at (701) 235-5200. Thom Eye and Laser Clinic is proud to serve Fargo, ND and the surrounding areas.


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