Differences in Types of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

Intraocular lens (IOL) implants are used to correct poor vision, whether it is clouded by cataracts or blurred by presbyopia.

With this type of surgery, your eye’s natural lens is replaced by an intraocular lens implant. A monofocal intraocular lens may be implanted to give you a clear point of focus, at a distance or close up.

Types of Multifocal IOLs

Because of their ability to correct vision at all distances, multifocal IOLs are the most preferred IOLs. There are three main types:

Multifocal refractive

Multifocal refractive IOLs, like the ReZoom, are crafted with several optical zones on the intraocular lens. These different zones allow for various focal points, which improves your vision:

  • At a far distance
  • At intermediate distances
  • At near distances

Apodized diffractive

Apodized diffractive IOLs, like the ReSTOR have gradual diffractive steps on the implant that creates a smooth transition between focal points. This IOL also bends incoming light to the multiple focal points, which enhances vision in different light conditions. Acrysof has recently improved the optical properties of its ReSTOR lenses and released a new version, known as ReSTOR +3.0D. The Khanna Institute is proud to offer this new lens which achieved patient satisfaction rates of 95 % in clinical studies and gave a fourfold increase in the number of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better.

Accommodative

A newer type of IOL, the accommodative, includes lenses such as the Crystalens. These IOLs have one focal point, but act like your natural lens, changing shape to move the single focal point to bring objects at varying distances into focus. Recently, Bausch and Lomb introduced Crystalens HD, which improves depth of focus to improve near vision while maintaining high quality intermediate and distance vision. Khanna Institute of LASIK & Refractive Surgery is proud to offer this new option to our cataract and presbyopia patients.

If you would like to make permanent enhancements to your vision, please call our office or schedule your appointment online today. Orange County ophthalmologist Dr. Khanna can discuss your options with you during your free vision screening.

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