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Cataract lens replacement:

How Intra Ocular Lens Implants (IOL) work

Like your eye’s natural lens, an IOL focuses light that comes into your eye through the cornea and pupil onto the retina, the sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that relays images through the optic nerve to the brain. Most IOLs are made of a flexible, foldable material and are about one-third of the size of a dime. Like the lenses of prescription eyeglasses, your IOL will contain the appropriate prescription to give you the best vision possible. Read below to learn about how IOL types correct specific vision problems.

Which lens option is right for you?

  • Before surgery your eyes are measured to determine your IOL prescription, and you and your Eye M.D. will compare options to decide which IOL type is best for you, depending in part on how you feel about wearing glasses for reading and near vision.
  • The type of IOL implanted will affect how you see when not wearing eyeglasses. Glasses may still be needed by some people for some activities.
  • If you have astigmatism, your Dr Larson. will discuss toric IOLs or Incisional Refractive surgery (Limbal Relaxing Incisions )and related treatment options with you as methods of improving post-operative vision.
  • We offer Advanced Technology Lenses (ATL) to aid in better night vision.
  • In certain cases, cost may be a deciding factor for you if you have the option of selecting special premium lOLs that may reduce your need for glasses.
In addition to Dropless™ cataract surgery, Larson Eye Care now offers Laser Cataract Surgery. As the only provider in the area using this bladeless LENSAR™ Laser System technology, we can provide a more precise cataract removal customized to the individual eye. It’s just one of many clear benefits of advanced Laser Cataract Surgery!