Cataracts are a condition where the natural lens of the eye gets cloudy causing blurry vision. Your Gundersen eye doctor may be able to offer treatments to improve the symptoms and slow the progression, but surgery is the only option to remove a cataract. Cataract surgery is very common and is typically done in an outpatient surgery setting.
Cataract surgery and replacement lenses
During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with:
- Artificial intraocular lens (IOL): IOLs are a permanent option to treat cataracts. Standard IOLs are monofocal, meaning they are focused for vision at one distance (far, immediate or near). Most cataract patients will need glasses or contacts to see well at other distances.
- Advanced technology lenses (ATLs): For patients who prefer less dependence on glasses and contacts, Gundersen offers ATLs which provide good vision at all distances and can correct for astigmatism, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses.
- Toric intraocular lens: For patients who require astigmatism correction during cataract surgery. Toric IOLs are ATLs that correct astigmatism, as well as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
- Multifocal IOLs for presbyopia: Most people who undergo cataract surgery want to be less dependent on eyeglasses after the procedure. Presbyopia-correcting IOLs offer this advantage, including decreasing the need for computer glasses and reading glasses. Multifocal IOLs may offer advantages compared to conventional monofocal IOLs by providing an expanded range of vision that enables clear eyesight at multiple distances for people.
Cataracts can be detected in a thorough eye exam. It's important to have your eyes regularly checked for cataracts and other eye conditions that can cause vision loss.
For more information about ATLs or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, contact a Gundersen Eye Clinic near you.