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Natural Lens Replacement



In some patients who have refractive errors outside the range treatable with LASIK, or that have cataract formation, removal of the natural lens of the eye and replacement with an intraocular lens (IOLs) may be helpful in reducing their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. A Natural Lens Replacement procedure is very similar to cataract surgery, which is done to remove the cloudy natural lens. When the natural lens is removed, it needs to be replaced with a new intraolcular lens (IOL). There are a variety of lens options available to patients, depending on the desired outcomes and each patient's specific eye structure and qualifications. Some patients may choose to best correct their distance vision in both eyes, while some may choose MonoVision (one eye for near, one eye for distance). Regardless of the reason for removing the natural lens (medical vs. elective), a multifocal lens may be a great option for improving distance and near vision following surgery. Please speak with your surgeon about which lens options are best for you!

Multifocal IOLs

It is important for a patient to consider what their visual needs and preferences will be following the surgery. Whether the patient is undergoing cataract surgery or an elective Natural Lens Replacement, MN Eye Consultants offers an array of implant options to help you reach your vision goals. 

  • Some choose to read without glasses, which typically results in the need to wear spectacles for good intermediate and distance vision. This goal can be achieved with the Standard IOL. 
  • Others choose MonoVision, which is correcting one eye for the distance, and the other eye for near vision.
  • Some patients choose to see sharp for distance and do not mind wearing glasses or contacts for near vision tasks, such as reading a restaurant menu.
  • Patients may also have the desire to reduce their dependency on glasses all together. A MultiFocal IOL emphasizes on correcting the functional vision at both distance and near and may be a good option for these patients.  

There are advantages and disadvantages to each lens. Your visual needs and preferences can help you and your surgeon determine which IOL is best for you. 

 

Distance Vision

Intermediate Vision

Near Vision

Both Eyes Monofocal Distance

BEST

GOOD

Glasses necessary

Both Eyes Monofocal Near

Glasses necessary

GOOD

BEST

Both Eyes Monofocal (Monovision)

GOOD

GOOD

GOOD

Both Eyes Multifocal

GOOD

BEST

GOOD

GOOD = glasses may be necessary to provide you with the sharpest vision.

Please ask your doctor if you have other questions concerning what is right for you. For more information about multifocal IOLs, please call 1-800-Eye-To-Eye or respond via our website inquiry form.

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