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A lens implant or intraocular lens (IOL) is an implanted synthetic lens that replaces the eye’s natural lens. Due to the amazing advancements in IOL technology, a patient can achieve excellent vision quality from a lens implant.

Depending on the type selected, an IOL can also correct the eye’s existing refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism).

Intraocular Lens Examples

Monofocal IOLs

Monofocal IOLs are the ‘standard’ or conventional type of IOL. By definition, a monofocal IOL provides good vision correction for one distance only. The power of the lens is pre-calculated for each individual, generally for far vision.

However, some patients, with the recommendation of their doctor, may choose to correct for near vision.

If corrected for far vision, glasses for reading will still be needed, and patients with astigmatism may still require glasses to sharpen their distance vision.

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Toric IOLs

Toric IOLs are specifically designed to correct astigmatism. The shape of the lens offsets the imbalance created by the irregular shape of the cornea, similar to technology used in contact lenses.

These lenses allow a higher quality of vision and more freedom from glasses in patients with astigmatism.

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Multifocal IOLs

Multifocal IOLs provide vision correction at all distances. Multifocal IOLs are more costly and generally not fully covered by insurance, but they are frequently preferred over monofocal IOLs because they can markedly reduce the need for glasses.

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Extended Depth of Focus IOLs

Vivity (EDOF) is a first-of-its-kind, non-diffractive extended depth of focus IOL with proprietary non-diffractive technology, which stretches and shifts light without splitting it. Vivity delivers monofocal-quality distance (far) with excellent intermediate (at arm’s length) and functional near vision (up close).
Vivity is for patients who seek to improve their intermediate and near vision, with a monofocal-like visual disturbance profile and are not candidates or prefer to avoid some of the issues with a multifocal IOL.
This lens has a monofocal-like visual disturbance profile, a low incidence of severe or very bothersome glare and halos, and provides a continuous extended range of vision which can meet the needs of many cataract patients.

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