Advanced Technology IOL Cataract Surgery
When you have cataract surgery, your cataract is replaced by an intraocular lens (IOL), which focuses light on the retina. Lance Kugler, MD specializes in cataract surgery with Advanced Technology IOLs that improve the range of vision and reduce your dependency on glasses or bifocals after surgery. Today, there is a wide variety of premium IOLs to choose from. The best intraocular lens for you depends on many factors, including your lifestyle and specific visual needs. During your cataract consultation your cataract surgeon will recommend the best IOL for your needs. The lens options available at Kugler Vision in Omaha, Nebraska, are discussed below.
Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) IOLs
The Light Adjustable Lens is the first and only implantable lens that can be adjusted post-operatively through exposure to targeted ultraviolet light. This means even after your cataract procedure, we can adjust the lens within your eye to help you achieve the crisp, clear vision you want.
Using a Light Delivery Device (LDD) designed specifically for the LAL, Dr. Kugler will deliver UV light to the photosensitive lens. This adjusts the shape of the lens painlessly in just 90 seconds to correct refractive errors like astigmatism. This noninvasive adjustment procedure can be repeated as necessary until optimal visual results are achieved. Once you are satisfied with the outcome, the lens is set with a final UV light treatment.
What is presbyopia? Presbyopia is also known as DLS stage 1, and is the medical term for the blurry near vision that results from the eyes’ natural aging process. Typically, it becomes a problem in your 40s, when the eye’s lens gradually becomes less flexible, and eventually clouds. This clouding of the lens is a cataract, and obstructs vision.
Traditionally, patients have required prescription bifocals in order to see after cataract surgery. But modern lens technology has been developed to improve patients’ ability to see up close without reading glasses or bifocals. There are several different versions of this type of IOL technology, and your surgeon will make a specific recommendation for you and your visual needs at the time of your cataract evaluation.
Monofocal / Aspheric IOLs
Monofocal / Aspheric IOLs match closely to the shape and optical quality of the eye’s natural lens and provide sharper vision, especially in low light conditions such as driving at night, and for people with large pupils.
IOLs are available with varying levels of correction of spherical aberration. It is important for the IOL to be matched to the degree of spherical aberration for each specific eye. Measurement and matching of asphericity is an important aspect of each patient’s evaluation at Kugler Vision.
Multifocal IOLs contain added magnification in different parts of the lens to expand your range of vision, so you can see objects clearly at all distances with less dependence on reading glasses or bifocals.
The multifocal IOLs that are FDA approved and available at Kugler Vision include:
- Tecnis Multifocal
Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs
Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs provide an extended range of vision, giving you a greater depth of focus and helping improve sharpness of vision at near, intermediate, and far distances.
The Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs that are FDA approved and available at Kugler Vision include:
- Tecnis Symfony
- ReSTOR ActiveFocus
Accommodating IOLs are premium IOLs that expand the range of clear vision with both an aspheric design and flexible haptics, which are what hold the IOL in place inside the eye. The flexible haptics allow the accommodating IOL to move forward slightly when you look at near objects, which increase the focusing power of the eye enough to provide clear near vision and exceptionally clear distance vision.
The Accommodating IOLs that are FDA approved and available at Kugler Vision include:
- TruLign Toric
Astigmatism Correcting (Toric) IOLs
Astigmatism means that the eye is not perfectly round, like a basketball, but rather is irregularly shaped, like a football. Astigmatism affects 50 to 75 percent of the general population, and most patients with astigmatism are aware that they have it. In the past, patients with astigmatism have required glasses to see well after cataract surgery. But Toric IOL technology is now available that reduces astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery.
The Toric IOLs that are FDA approved and available at Kugler Vision include:
- Tecnis Toric
- AcrySof Toric
- Symfony Toric
- TruLign Toric
- Staar Toric
Choosing the Best Lens Option for Your Eyes
The choices can be overwhelming! At Kugler Vision in Omaha, NE, we are here to guide you, partnering with you to find the best IOL match for your specific needs and vision goals. Lance Kugler, MD is an expert in advanced IOL technology and will recommend the lens best suited for your needs at the time of your cataract consultation at Kugler Vision. Contact us today to learn more about the lenses offered with laser cataract surgery or to schedule a cataract consultation.