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Accommodative IOL



The Accommodative IOL (intraocular lens) is a new technology available at Minnesota Eye Consultants. Our doctors are among the first in the nation to provide their patients with this important new option for improving vision for those with cataracts or for correction of presbyopia (the natural aging process that leads to the need for reading glasses or bifocals.) This is a surgical procedure where a new lens is permanently implanted that functions in a similar manner to the natural eye. With it, your eyes can focus on near or far objects in a comfortable, non-intrusive way. The lens requires an outpatient surgical procedure with a resulting lifetime of improved vision.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone over the age of 45: In our 40's the lens of the eye starts to become rigid and loses its ability to"accommodate" or focus. That's why many of us need reading glasses or bifocals. This condition of the eye is called Presbyopia.
     
  • Cataract patients: Previously, when a cataract was removed, a fixed lens was implanted in the eye. The patient would need glasses (bifocals or tri-focals) to ensure both near and far vision. The Accommodative IOL can be used instead of the fixed implant and in many cases, greatly reduce or eliminate the need for glasses.

How does it work?

This new lens replaces the natural lens inside the eye. The new lens is made with tiny hinges that allow the patients eye muscles to change the lens position when focusing on objects at far, intermediate and near distances.

What is the procedure?

The Accommodative IOL is implanted in a surgical procedure, performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and takes approximately 20-30 minutes. The physician removes the natural lens using a technique called small-incision, no-stitch surgery. Topical anesthetic and self-sealing incisions are part of this new, innovative procedure. High-energy sound waves break the natural lens into microscopic particles, which are then gently suctioned from the eye. A new clear lens is then inserted. Patients are free to return home the same day.

How long does it take to heal?

While everyone heals at a different rate, most patients return to their normal work or lifestyle in a day or two. The focusing ability of the lens will not be fully realized for 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure. The eye must re-learn how to focus on objects at various distances in order to see clearly. From patient information packets and videos to consultative sessions with physicians, Minnesota Eye Consultants invites your questions. Please contact us here or call 1-800-Eye-To-Eye. We look forward to serving your needs.

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