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Implantable Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) – Columbus, Ohio

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are implanted into eyes after cataract surgery or used as an alternative to LASIK or PRK eye surgeries. Phakic IOLs, for example, are implanted through a small incision in the eye without removing the eye’s natural lens to reduce a person’s need for glasses or contact lenses. Intraocular IOLs, on the other hand, are used to replace the cloudy lens that is removed during cataract surgery.

What are intraocular lenses (IOLs)?

Before implantable lenses were invented, people had to wear glasses or special contact lenses after cataract surgery. Today, the cloudy lens is removed and an implantable intraocular lens is inserted to replace the focusing power of the natural lens. With IOLs, no additional corrective lenses are required.

How does an intraocular lens work?

An intraocular lens replaces the cloudy lens that is removed from the eye during cataract surgery. IOLs are clear and they bend, or refract, light rays correctly to restore proper vision.

How long does an IOL last?

Since intraocular lenses are made from materials that are not subject to deterioration, such as silicone, acrylic and plastic, they are designed to last many years. Once implanted, the patient will most likely never need to replace one.

How do I choose the best IOL after cataract surgery?

There are several FDA-approved IOLs available. Two of the most common implantable lenses are aspheric and toric lenses. Like contacts, these lenses come in different shapes and powers. Whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your eye surgeon will recommend the intraocular lens that’s best for your eye.

What is a traditional IOL?

Traditional IOLs are usually covered by Medicare or insurance and can correct nearsightedness or farsightedness, not both. This means that the patient may still have to use glasses to see alternative distances.

To find out more about implantable intraocular lenses (IOLs) used after cataract surgery, call Columbus Laser & Cataract Center at (614) 939-1600 to schedule an appointment.

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