Choosing the right IOL for cataract surgery is all about knowing how you want to see after the procedure. There are a surprising amount of choices at your disposal, so finding the right one can be tricky.
Keep reading for 3 easy ways to pick the right IOL!
1. Know Your Options
The first step when it comes to making a decision about something as important as choosing an IOL is informing yourself. You can get a detailed rundown on the IOL choices offered at Kovach Eye Institute during a cataract screening, but here are the basics.
The most basic option of IOL is the monofocal lens. This kind of lens allows you to see after surgery, but only at a set distance.
To fully access your vision, you will need to rely on glasses to make up for the lost eyesight. Some people don’t mind wearing glasses after cataract surgery, while others would prefer not to.
There are a few different premium options for IOLs that may be the right choice for you. It’s important to take all premium options available into account when making your IOL choice.
Multifocal IOLs provide excellent far and near distance vision. Accommodative IOLs provide similar results but they work differently than multifocal IOLs.
Where multifocal lenses operate in a way that’s like bifocals (in that they are designed with zones that change magnification), accommodative IOLs physically move inside of the eye. They can actually mimic the natural lens.
Toric IOLs are custom designed for people with astigmatism. Aspheric IOLs are shaped closer to the natural lens.
2. Weigh the Pros and Cons
Once you are well versed in your IOL options, you will need to decide what is most important to your lifestyle. Are you okay with very limited vision and are more concerned about saving money?
Standard monofocal IOLs will work just fine. Do you want to avoid wearing glasses as much as possible, or even altogether?
Any kind of premium IOL can help you achieve that, though there are some subtle differences. Multifocal IOLs may have a slight edge over accommodative IOLs when it comes to near vision.
Keep in mind though, that accommodative IOLs provide a smoother change from near vision to distance vision. Aspheric IOLs come with a higher cost but can enhance your visual experience.
This is because they limit certain vision aberrations like halos that can result from traditionally shaped IOLs. If you want the smoothest and natural vision possible, aspheric IOLs may be the best choice for you.
3. Talk With Your Doctor
Only you can decide what matters most to you when it comes to your lens replacements. Of course, the input of a professional is an incredibly valuable source of knowledge.
You should never feel pressured to choose the more expensive lens options. Do your best to stay within your budget, but don’t let price be the only thing you consider. Instead, consider how amazing a life without glasses after cataract surgery could be!
Come in for a cataract screening to learn more and ask questions. You can learn which IOLs work for most people, as well as discuss pricing and how the surgery itself will work.
Ready to make a decision about IOLs and cataract surgery? Schedule your cataract screening at Kovach Eye Institute in Naperville, IL now!