Lens replacement surgery is very common in the US, and is usually required to correct severe cases of cataracts. There are several lens replacement options in this regard, but the most popular types used are monofocal and multifocal lenses. These are known as intra-ocular implants or IOLs.
About Intra-ocular lens implants
Monofocal lens have several positive features, and they allow for high quality distance vision. They are particularly beneficial in viewing images such as road signs in the distance, but closer viewing may require the use of eyeglasses for reading. This is especially true for people over the age of 45 years.
Multifocal lens allow for viewing at a variety of distances, so patients will be able to see both near and far quite clearly. These lenses utilize state-of-the-art technology, which allows patients to see at varying distances and in some instances this eliminates the need for eyeglasses.
Cataracts and Lens Replacement Surgery
Intra ocular lens implants (IOLs) are artificial lens that are placed inside of the eye, to replace the natural lens affected by cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye (read more).
Age related cataracts are the most common type, and typically affect people 60 years of age and older. However, there are cataracts that are present at birth, and these are known as congenital cataracts. A cataract may also develop as the result of an injury to the eye.
Lens replacement surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and the procedure takes about 15 minutes. Surgery involves the removal of the cloudy lens of the eye, and then replacing it with the artificial IOL. If you live in the Fort Lauderdale area, and are interested in scheduling an eye exam with Dr. Loeffler, then contact the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser surgery for more information about lens replacement options. (954) 786-5353