Understanding the Different Types of IOLs: Which is Right for You?

IOLAt the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey in West Orange, NJ, we offer several types of IOLs, including multifocal, monofocal, and toric to accommodate a range of vision needs. Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are used in the field of ophthalmology to restore vision following cataract surgery. They can also treat extreme cases of myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) in patients who do not qualify for LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Kenneth S. Miller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Combining his knowledge and technical skill, Dr. Miller can design a treatment tailored to your health needs and lifestyle.

Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses are the only EDOF lenses that are FDA-approved for patients with cataracts, providing a full range of continuous, sharpened vision following cataract surgery.​

Monofocal

A monofocal lens features a fixed focus for one distance and is highly beneficial for patients with cataracts in both eyes. By focusing the light that enters the eye onto the retina, a monofocal lens can sharpen objects that far away, or objects that are near. Since a monofocal lens only bends light to a single focal point, it cannot focus on near and distant images simultaneously. Therefore, the need for glasses will not be completely eliminated. Most patients choose to improve distance, and use corrective eyewear to aid in up-close tasks such as reading. Because monofocal lenses are typically covered by insurance, many patients pursue this cost-effective option.

Toric

Used to address corneal astigmatism, toric lenses also can also correct myopia and hyperopia. The lens is comprised of different meridians, and each is ascribed a unique power. Alignment markings on the lenses allow the surgeon to adjust the orientation during the procedure and align the lens with the target meridian in order to maximize results.

Extended Depth of Focus

Used to treat presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness, Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) or Extended Range of Vision lenses create a single elongated focal point to improve depth of focus. Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses are the only EDOF lenses that are FDA-approved for patients with cataracts, providing a full range of continuous, sharpened vision following cataract surgery. There is also a version appropriate for those with astigmatism.

Multifocal

Unlike their monofocal counterparts, multifocal lenses feature magnification in different areas of the lens, enabling patients to achieve clear vision when looking at objects both near and far away. These IOLs can decrease the need for reading glasses following cataract surgery. Depending upon your needs, we may recommend a multifocal lens in one eye and a standard monofocal lens in the other. 

Accommodating

Accommodating IOLs have the ability to move slightly when you look at objects at different distances, providing improved overall vision. Unlike monofocal IOLs, these premium lenses provide most patients with the freedom to perform daily activities without glasses, including reading, driving, and watching TV. This added range of vision is achieved through a combination of aspheric design and supporting “legs” that hold the lens in position.

Learn about the Benefits of IOLs

The best way to find out if IOLs are a feasible solution for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller. He can perform a full and careful assessment before recommending the most appropriate form of treatment. He can also take into account your goals and lifestyle to ensure your satisfaction. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (866) 99 EYE DR or contact us online anytime.