June is Cataract Awareness Month, so now is a good time to present your options clearly explained.
Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are implantable devices that replace the natural lens in the human eye, typically after the natural lens has developed cataracts. Cataracts are an irreversible progressive condition that diminishes vision quality.
When cataract surgery is performed the natural lens you were born with is removed. The new lens we replace it with will determine how you see and what you clearly see. If we use standard Intraocular lenses, the ones that Medicare and many insurance companies pay for, you will have three options:
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- Distance option - Both lenses give you distant vision only
- Close-up option - Both lenses give you close up vision only
- Mono-vision - One lens gives you close up vision/one lens gives you distance vision.
The premium IOL we recommend is the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens. It was designed to provide quality near, mid-range and distance vision by combining the strengths of what are know as apodized diffractive and refractive technologies. That may sound confusing so let's try to simplify those terms because that apodization is what makes these lenses so special and effective.
First, please understand that similar technology has been used for years in microscopes and telescopes to improve image quality, and has now been patented for use in intraocular lenses by Alcon.
Apodization is the gradual tapering of the diffractive steps from the center to the outside edge of a lens to create a smooth transition of light between the distance, intermediate and near focal points. Diffraction involves the bending or spreading of light to multiple focal points as it passes through the lens. On the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL, the center of the lens surface consists of an apodized diffractive optic. This means that the series of tiny steps in that center area work together to focus light for near through distance vision.
Basically, that's about it. It takes more than just bending light to make a multifocal intraocular lens effective and efficient. The lens also has to let in as much light as possible where it is needed and that is precisely what apodization does. Simply put, that's what makes the AcrySof®ReSTOR® IOL the best of its kind on the market today.
If you want to see the best you can possible see with the one and only pair of eyes you have, then we recommend the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lenses as your smartest option.
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL, just one more way "We Customize Your Eyes".
Call us to set up a comprehensive eye examination so we can help you choose the best option for you. (502) 897-1604.