Multifocal and Accommodating IOLs
Binghamton Eye Doctor Serving Elmira, Corning, Ithaca, Syracuse, Cortland, & Oneonta, NY
When you have cataracts, it can have a huge impact on the way you live your life. For instance, if your vision is reduced because of the effects of a cataract, you may not be able to do many day-to-day activities like driving, shopping, or reading.
At the moment, the only treatment for cataracts is the removal of the cataracts and the eye’s natural crystalline lens. After the lens has been removed, it can be replaced with an Intraocular Lens (IOL) during cataract surgery.
IOLs in the past corrected the problem cataracts caused, but they had quite a few of their own drawbacks. Old IOLs corrected the vision problems, but after they were implanted, patients lost the ability to focus on either near or far objects, having to choose an IOL that was focused for one or the other, but not both.
Now, Dr. Sambursky is able to provide people suffering from cataracts with the option of either multifocal or accommodating IOLs. The new multifocal and accommodating IOLs provide wearers with the ability to retain most if not all of their ability to focus on objects both near and far.
Multifocal IOLs provide people who undergo cataract surgery with the ability to have both near and far objects in focus. Through multifocal IOLs, different areas of the IOL direct light, and thus focus different objects better, depending on their distance from the eye. While multifocal IOLs may take some getting used to, patients who chose to have multifocal IOLs implanted often report that they either seldom or never use glasses or contacts.
Accommodating IOLs are different that Multifocal IOLs in that they provide the wearer with much of the accommodating ability that they have prior to cataract surgery. When your eye focuses on different objects, small muscles in the eye warp the natural lens, focusing the light differently and bringing objects at various distances into focus.
After an accommodating IOL is implanted within the eye, it retains the eye’s natural accommodating function by allowing the eye’s muscles to bend the IOL and focus light, allowing the wearer to see both near and far objects with clarity.
Both multifocal and accommodating IOLs are implanted with similar techniques during cataract surgery. The first step of cataract surgery is creating a small incision in the cornea. Through this incision, the natural crystalline lens is removed, and the IOL is folded, placed, and then positioned.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed eye procedures performed each year. After the surgery, cataracts are never again a problem because multifocal and accommodating IOLs do not cloud or need replacement after they have been placed.
If you have cataracts and would like to have them corrected with multifocal or accommodating IOLs, contact Dr. Sambursky in New York. Dr. Sambursky has extensive experience with both multifocal and accommodating IOLs.