Intraocular Lens Implants: Help for Serious Vision Issues

Intraocular lenses, also referred to as IOLs, were developed as an alternative treatment for patients who had previously undergone surgery for cataracts. Rather than wearing thick, uncomfortable glasses, cataract patients could instead opt for IOL implants to improve their eyesight to a comfortable level. The eye care experts at Mattioli Vision Professionals can provide you with comprehensive information about IOL procedures and other vision correction options designed to help you look and see your best.

What Are The Benefits Of Cataract Lens Implants?

  • Safe, effective treatment
  • Sharper, clearer vision
  • Less reliance on glasses or not needing glasses at all
  • Variety of lenses to choose from
  • IOLs (cataract lenses) last a lifetime
  • Suitable for patients with age-related presbyopia
  • Can correct astigmatism, near, and far vision

 Am I A Candidate For IOLs?

The best candidates for cataract lens implants, or IOLs (intraocular lens), include men and women who:

  • Are in good overall health with good overall eye health
  • Have cataracts that affect their vision
  • Do not have cataracts but have moderate to severe myopia
  • Want to improve near, intermediate, or distance vision
  • Want clearer vision
  • Want to reduce their reliance on glasses or contacts
  • Do not have eye health issues (glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy)

What Is a Cataract?

Cataracts are often misidentified as abnormal growths on the lens of the eye. In fact, cataracts are a progressive condition that changes the transparency of the lens from clear to opaque. This can reduce the amount of light that reaches the retina, leading to severely impaired vision if left untreated. Cataracts can be treated by removing the affected part of the lens to allow light to pass; however, the focusing effects of the lens are usually also lost during these surgical procedures. IOLs can replace some of the function of the lens for post-operative cataract patients. By working with a qualified Houston laser eye surgery specialist, individuals with cataracts can often restore some or all of their visual acuity to achieve greater independence and mobility.

The History of Intraocular Lenses

Dr. Harold Ridley, a physician in London, is generally credited with developing the idea of the intraocular lens. Dr. Ridley had frequently treated members of the Royal Air Force who had been injured in World War II and had seen numerous cases of shrapnel that had become lodged in the eye. During a routine cataract removal, Dr Ridley was asked why no replacement for the lens was used. While he had only limited success, his ideas formed the basis for the development of IOLs in the ophthalmological field.

Modern Implementations of IOLs

IOL implants have been in general use in the medical field since the 1980s. These devices have come a long way since Dr. Ridley’s experiments. Foldable implants are often incorporated into minimally invasive surgical techniques thanks to their small size and easy configurability. IOLs can be used to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness. These implantable lenses require no upkeep and offer long-term solutions for individuals in need of significant vision correction. In some cases, IOLs can be combined with LASIK surgery procedures to provide greater correction for astigmatism or nearsightedness.

At Mattioli Vision Professionals, we provide a comprehensive range of eye care services designed to provide clear vision for all our patients. We offer cataract surgery procedures to correct a wide range of issues, allowing you to see more clearly every day. To learn more about intraocular lenses and how they can deliver real help for patients with poor vision due to cataract surgery or other serious conditions, call us today to schedule your appointment. The entire Mattioli Vision Professionals team is ready to serve your eye care needs.

 Cataract Lens Implants (IOLs) FAQ

  • Multifocal — corrects near and distance vision
  • Monofocal — corrects distance or near vision, but not both
  • Toric — specifically designed to correct astigmatism

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are constructed from highly resilient and durable plastics that last a lifetime, meaning they typically won’t need to be replaced unless you need to change them out for a different IOL.

Some patients will be able to achieve 20/20 vision after their cataract surgery with IOLs. However, while cataract lens implants (IOLs) can greatly reduce your reliance on glasses and contacts, many will still need them for certain vision tasks.

No, it doesn’t. Before your surgery, Dr. Mattioli will numb your eyes with anesthetic drops to keep you comfortable. Most patients, if they feel anything at all, only report a slight sensation of pressure.

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 Get Clearer, Crisper Vision

Intraocular lenses aren’t just a safe and effective option to treat cataracts; they can also help those with myopia and age-related farsightedness significantly improve their vision. Whether you need treatment for cataracts or want to reduce your reliance on glasses and contacts, intraocular lenses in Houston, TX at Mattioli Vision Professionals can help you get the crisper, clearer vision you want. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fred Mattioli and learn more about cataract lens implants and IOL treatment options.

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