3 Reasons To Get a Premium IOL

3 Reasons To Get a Premium IOL

July 8th, 2021
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Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, replace your natural lenses during cataract surgery. They determine the quality of your vision after cataract surgery.

The lens handles a significant part of your eye’s focusing power. An essential part of the procedure is selecting an IOL, and there is a wide variety to choose from.

For some people, the most basic option is best suited for them. But others see the advantages of investing in a premium IOL.

Keep reading to learn why you should consider a premium IOL for your cataract surgery.

Better Vision

Cataracts cause the lenses of your eyes to become opaque. When light cannot pass through them unobstructed, your vision begins to suffer.

As the cataract matures, it begins to cause more and more vision loss. Eventually, cataracts will interfere with your daily activities. That is when it is time to consider cataract surgery.

Premium IOLs can offer excellent eyesight, and new cataracts will never form in them. With a premium IOL, you can have clear vision for the rest of your life!

End Your Need for Glasses and Contacts

A standard or monofocal IOL can only correct your vision at one distance. They can fix your distance vision, but you will still need reading glasses for up-close tasks.

The best reason to get a premium IOL over a standard IOL is to have clear eyesight at multiple distances. Premium IOLs offer vision at near and far distances, reducing or ending your need for visual aids.

Some premium IOLs can even correct eyesight at all distances. Meaning you can go from reading to watching tv, to looking out over your yard, all without glasses.

Premium IOLs Can Treat Complex Astigmatism

Many IOLs can correct nearsightedness or farsightedness but cannot help people with astigmatism. This is because astigmatism is due to a misshapen cornea.

Nearsightedness and farsightedness come from your cornea being too steep or too flat. Astigmatism comes from an irregular-shaped cornea.

Toric model IOLs can correct eyesight despite this misshapenness. If the IOL you select comes in a toric model, you can correct astigmatism and get rid of your contacts simultaneously!

Premium IOL Options

If you want the benefits of premium IOLs, then you will need to decide which kind you want. There are different premium IOLs to meet all vision goals and lifestyle demands.

The first premium IOL option is the multifocal IOL. Unlike a monofocal, multifocal IOLs allow you to see at multiple distances.

They do this by including zones inside the IOL itself that refract light differently. Essentially, they work the same way as bifocal glasses, but inside your eye instead!

Next, accommodating IOLs accomplish a similar outcome through different means. Rather than including zones in the IOL, The lens moves inside your eye.

It mimics the movements of your natural lens to adjust focus. This can provide smoother transitions between focal lengths. However, close-up vision may not be as clear as with multifocal IOLs.

Finally, the first non-diffractive extended depth of focus (EDOF) IOL available, the Vivity IOL. It uses X-WAVE Technology to shift and stretch light rather than split it as multifocal IOLs do.

This technology eliminates many of the visual disturbances other IOLs create. It results in fewer halos and less glare and allows you to see continuously between distances.

Ready for cataract surgery with a premium IOL? Schedule an appointment at Laser Eye Center in Huntsville, AL, to discuss your options!