Custom Lens Implants
Most patients that over the age of 45 who are nearsighted or farsighted are most likely presbyopic. Presbyopia is a condition that prevents the eye’s natural lens from changing shape. When this is prevented, it will hinder your ability to see clearly for both distance and near vision. Some signs of presbyopia are the need to use reading glasses or feel like their arms are not long enough to the newspaper.
Thanks to advances in technology, patients may now have their presbyopia corrected at the same time as their cataract surgery, reducing or eliminating their need for reading glasses. Some patients have Refractive Lensectomy before developing cataracts, in order to correct their presbyopia and reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses. An important thing to point out is that you can have this procedure before being diagnosed with a cataract. Refractive Lensectomy surgery is actually very similar to cataract surgery.
During cataract surgery or a Refractive Lensectomy, your natural clear lens inside your eye is actually removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). Until recently, patients undergoing cataract or lens implant surgery received a monofocal, or a single focus lens. Monofocal IOLs implanted in both eyes generally provide excellent distance vision. Following surgery, patients often need spectacle correction for near and intermediate vision, or to correct astigmatism.
Options for Lens Implant Surgery?
At Maryland Vision Institute, we want our patients to have the best options on the market when it comes to their lens implant surgery. With some recent FDA approvals, there are now several different intraocular lens (IOL) implants available that can dramatically reduce your dependence on glasses following your lens implant procedure. Our doctors and staff will discuss which IOL and which surgical techniques may be best suited for your particular vision, lifestyle and activities.