Cataracts Charleston South Carolina Kerry Solomon, MD Replacement Lens Options

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Replacement Lenses

Since the FDA approved the first intraocular lens implant, eye surgeons removing a cataract have replaced the clouded natural lens with a crystal-clear artificial lens implant. Before your cataract procedure, you can choose between a standard lens implant for distance vision and glasses for near vision, or a premium lens implant.

The advanced design of a multifocal or an accommodating replacement lens recaptures more youthful vision by compensating for presbyopic change that begins affecting nearly everyone at around age 40.

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Monofocal Lenses

A standard replacement lens provides very good “monofocal” focusing power for distance vision only, much like a single-vision pair of eyeglasses. You will still be dependent on reading glasses or bifocals for close-up vision.

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Multi-focal Replacement Lens

Cataract patients can now choose one of these premium “multifocal” lenses for better vision at all distances, including the close vision needed for tasks such as reading, threading a needle, or tying a fishing lure.

A multifocal lens implants makes it possible to restore your ability to focus on things at varying distances with less dependency on reading glasses or bifocals. Several brands of multifocal lenses are available.

RestorReSTOR®, an implantable advanced multifocal replacement lens, provides a wide range of quality vision in any type of lighting by working with the eye’s pupil to allocate light for optimal vision at near, intermediate, and far distances.

In clinical studies

  • Three out of four patients implanted in both eyes reported never wearing glasses following cataract surgery.
  • More than 95% of the study subjects were so satisfied with their new quality vision that they would have the ReSTOR lens implanted again.

Tecnis

Tecnis®, an implantable advanced multifocal replacement lens, provides a wide range of quality vision in any type of lighting by working with the eye’s pupil to allocate light for optimal vision at near, intermediate, and far distances.

In U.S. clinical trials, more than 94% of patients who chose the Tecnis lens functioned comfortably without glasses for all distances, including intermediate.

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ToricIn the past, patients with corneal astigmatism experienced blurred and distorted vision after cataract surgery because a traditional replacement lens could not correct this condition.

Now patients have another option…a toric replacement lens implant that corrects astigmatism and cataracts at the same time. This premium lens is designed to provide quality distance vision with reduced dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Reading glasses may still be needed if you choose to have your astigmatism corrected with a “toric” lens.

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Accommodating Replacement Lens

CrystalensCrystalens®, an FDA-approved lens implant, replaces the clouded, inflexible natural lens and works in conjunction with the eye’s own muscles.

Its unique hinges make it possible for Crystalens to “accommodate” (flex), providing sharper, seamless vision and reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses and bifocals.

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Before your cataract procedure, you can choose between a standard lens implant for distance vision and glasses for near vision, or a premium lens implant.

Since the FDA approved the first intraocular lens implant, eye surgeons removing a cataract have replaced the clouded natural lens with a crystal-clear artificial lens. The replacement lens provides very good monofocal (“single-vision”) focusing power, much like a single-vision pair of eyeglasses.

Cataract patients are generally delighted by the return of clear vision after surgery. However, while monofocal replacement lens implants have made those thick “coke bottle” glasses obsolete, they can provide good vision for distance only. If you select a monofocal replacement lens, you will still be dependent on reading glasses or bifocals for close-up vision. Cataract patients can now choose between a standard lens implant for distance vision, or a premium replacement lens for better vision at all distances.

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