Intraocular Lens Options (IOL)


Advances in technology have allowed us to offer several options for lens implants depending on your unique needs. Between now and your evaluation, think about how important it is to you to be able to see well at different distances without much need for glasses. Would you like to see well for long-distance tasks like driving with less need for glasses? What about for up-close tasks like reading, using a cell phone, or using the computer?  Your unique needs help determine which lens implant option is best for you. 


An intraocular lens (IOL) is a tiny, artificial lens for the eye. It replaces the eye's natural lens that is removed during cataract surgery. 


The lens bends (refracts) light rays that enter the eye, helping you to see. Your lens should be clear, but if you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy. Things look blurry, hazy, or less colorful with a cataract. Cataract surgery removes this cloudy lens and replaces it with a clear IOL to improve your vision. 


IOLs come in different focusing powers, just like prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your ophthalmologist will measure the length of your eye and the curve of your cornea. These measurements are used to set your IOLs focusing power.  


Watch the 5-minute video below for an explanation of these different types of lenses and how they work for patients after surgery.