Intraocular lens surgery is a safe and effective treatment for presbyopia, and it is the only procedure that effectively treats cataracts. The subject of extensive research and rigorous testing, intraocular lens surgery has helped millions of people worldwide restore their vision.
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Intraocular Lens (IOL) Procedure
Intraocular lens surgery takes a short time to complete, but its benefits last a lifetime. Replacing the eye's natural crystalline lens with an advanced biocompatible substitute gives those suffering from cataracts or presbyopia a level of vision correction unattainable with glasses or contact lenses alone.
IOL Eye Surgery
In most cases, intraocular lens surgery can be performed in less than an hour. During the outpatient procedure, the ophthalmologist will remove the eye’s natural lens that was affected by a cataract or presbyopia. The methods for removing the damaged lens may vary based on the type of cataract surgery performed.
Once the eye’s natural lens is removed, the surgeon will continue the intraocular lens surgery by implanting the IOL. While there may be some variation to the procedure due to the different types of IOLs used, most intraocular lens surgery involves the ophthalmologist placing the intraocular lens implant in the eye through a small, self-healing incision. The surgeon will typically fold the intraocular lens implant to properly fit it through the incision. Once in the eye, the IOL opens to its permanent position. Although not used as often, a non-foldable IOL may be inserted during intraocular lens surgery, resulting in a slightly larger incision. Your ophthalmologist can discuss the various types of IOL's available and which IOL will be most effectivefor your surgery.
IOL Eye Surgery Recovery
The recovery time for intraocular lens surgery is relatively short. In most circumstances, you should return for a follow-up visit within 24 hours of receiving the intraocular lens implant. You should be able to resume some normal activities, including light work, watching television, and reading within a day of your intraocular lens surgery, but you should not undertake any activity that may cause your blood pressure to rise or that may put pressure on your eye. In addition, you must also be sure to not rub your eyes. Some surgeons will give patients a clear shield to wear over the eye after intraocular lens surgery.
It may take several weeks to realize the full extent of vision correction achieved with the IOL. Most ophthalmologists will encourage you to wait four to six weeks before obtaining new glasses. If you choose multifocal IOLs for your intraocular lens implants, you may eliminate or greatly reduce the need for corrective eyewear.
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Contact an IOL ophthalmologist to learn more about the benefits of intraocular lens surgery and how it can provide outstanding vision correction for those suffering from cataracts or presbyopia.