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)

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.

Premium Lenses

Do you love the idea of reducing your dependence on visual aids after cataract surgery? Are you ready for better vision than you had before developing cataracts?

Premium lenses are crucial to achieving the vision you want after cataract surgery without depending on visual aids like glasses and contact lenses. Mattioli Vision Professionals in Houston and the neighboring areas like the Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oaks, and West University, and Dr. Fred Mattioli are proud to offer the following premium lenses to our cataract patients to ensure they see clearly and can enjoy incredible vision for years to come.

Enhanced Vision IOLs

Enhanced vision IOLs allow you to enjoy improved vision after cataract surgery. With these premium lenses, you can look forward to better vision before having cataract surgery performed by Dr. Mattioli beyond what a traditional monofocal lens offers.

Enhanced vision IOLs manipulate how light interacts with the eye, enhancing contrast sensitivity and reducing glare. Because of this, you’ll be able to see with crisper and sharper clarity.

Enhanced vision IOLs are available in toric models to ensure that patients with astigmatism can correct their cataracts and refractive errors during cataract surgery.

Extended Range of Focus IOLs

Extended range of focus IOLs mimic the natural process that the human eye has of focusing at different distances, called accommodation. These IOLs simulate accommodation, allowing you to see clearly at various distances and reducing your dependence on visual aids. 

They make them especially attractive if you live an active lifestyle and love playing golf, sailing, or tennis. Like other premium IOLs, extended range of focus IOLs are available in toric models for patients with astigmatism to help you see more clearly and correct your refractive errors during cataract surgery.

Choosing Mattioli Vision Professionals ensures that you’re undergoing cataract surgery with one of the best eye care and refractive surgery clinics in the Houston area, resulting in the best possible eye care available in Houston.

Multifocal IOLs

Multifocal IOLs are premium IOLs that allow patients to see multiple focal points. Because of this ability, you can transition seamlessly when looking at things up close, far away, and intermediate distances. 

Multifocal IOLs make it easy to read a book, use a computer for work or play, or put on makeup. Multifocal lenses are also a great way to treat presbyopia, another age-related eye condition many patients with cataracts often deal with, and as a result, need reading glasses. 

With a multifocal IOL, you can depend less on reading glasses and enjoy seeing the world with fewer boundaries. Multifocal IOLs are also available in toric models to ensure even if you have astigmatism, you can look forward to clear vision after cataract surgery at Mattioli Vision Professionals.

Adaptive IOLs

An adaptive IOL is the only premium IOL that allows patients to fine-tune and customize their vision to their exact specifications after cataract surgery. These IOLs provide this option with precision and accuracy.

They are adjusted non-invasively using UV light and a light delivery device to give patients their desired personalized visual correction and optimization. Adaptive IOLs are particularly useful for patients with at least 0.75 diopters of astigmatism who may not be good candidates for other premium IOLs. 

With an adaptive IOL, these patients can achieve their visual goals after only a few light treatments, ensuring they can enjoy the vision they want for years to come.

Find out if you could be a good candidate for one of these premium IOLs by scheduling an appointment today at Mattioli Vision Professionals in Houston, TX and discovering the difference that comes with choosing the best in eye care!

 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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