“Cataracts generally occur as part of the natural aging process, and develop slowly over a number of years. As one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial one, called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Illinois Eye Center uses the latest technology to assess each patient’s cataracts in order to help determine the best IOL to fit their lifestyle, needs and personality.
The most basic option to replace your eye’s natural lens is the monofocal lens. This type of lens provides good distance vision, but you’ll still need to wear glasses for reading or other near-sighted activities.
Patients with astigmatism have the option of the astigmatism package with an Advanced Technology Toric Monofocal IOL. This option reduces astigmatism and allows you to lessen your dependence on glasses for distance vision. You may still need to wear glasses for intermediate and close distance vision post-surgery.
For patients who are interested in being less dependent on glasses, the presbyopia package with the Aspheric Multifocal or Accommodating IOL, is an excellent option. Presbyopia, a natural symptom of aging, is when the eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects, making daily eyeglass and contact wear a necessity. The presbyopia package can reduce or completely eliminate the need for glasses at all ranges, for people with or without astigmatism.
From the Monofocal to the Aspheric Multifocal IOL, there’s an IOL option for every set of eyes needing cataract surgery. Each uses a different design to help you achieve your goal of clear vision. The best option for you depends on the unique characteristics of your eye, as well as your lifestyle needs. Your eye doctor will provide a thorough examination of your eyes and discuss which lens is more advantageous for you. To schedule an appointment with Illinois Eye Center to discuss your cataracts, call (309) 243-2400.”
– Dr. Edward Hu, Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Cataract Surgeon