What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a result of natural change occurring inside your eye, a gradual clouding of the lens which leads to a decrease in vision. It is the most common cause of blindness and is conventionally treated with a simple surgery.
A person with a cataract can experience difficulties when conducting everyday activities such as reading or driving. Thankfully, treatment and restoring the gift of your eyesight has never been easier. With new advances in cataract surgery, patients recover quickly, allowing them to return home the same day after surgery.
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If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, you’re likely familiar with the frustration associated with the condition. It isn’t just your vision that’s affected, but your very ability to interact with the world around you. Although cataract surgery has existed in one form or another for centuries, recent innovations have transformed it into one of the safest and most effective outpatient procedures.
Through the use of intraocular lenses (IOLs) patients are now able to recover more youthful eyesight.
Monofocal IOLs offer no focal adjustment function and have only a single focus point. Patients implanted with monofocal IOLs have the same presbyopic condition as before the surgery. If the implanted lens is set for better distant vision, then the near vision suffers. Conversely, if the lens’ focus point is set for near distances to allow reading books or computer screens, a patient will have trouble watching TV or recognizing acquaintances when passing them on the street. Therefore, eyeglasses will be required after surgery.
Multifocal IOLs are designed based on a cutting-edge optical theory for distributing light in such a manner that provides multiple points of focus, thereby eliminating the dependence on eyeglasses in daily life. However, for very far away landscapes or fine print, eyeglasses may still be needed.
Extended Depth of Focus
Extended depth of focus IOLs provide high quality, continuous vision — from near to far and points in between — and may reduce the overall need to wear glasses after cataract surgery.