Accommodative Intraocular Lens

Accommodative Intraocular Lenses are available at the following centres:

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Accommodative intraocular lenses can move in response to your eye muscles, similar to the way the natural eye lens does, providing excellent distance and intermediate vision and functional near vision.

When you look at something far away, the muscles in your eye relax and allow the IOL to assume a flat position. When you shift your gaze to something up close, the muscles push on the lens, which causes it to move or flex so you can see well at close range.

Accommodative intraocular lenses are an excellent choice if you:

  • Want to reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts.
  • Do not have astigmatism or are willing to address your astigmatism by wearing corrective lenses or by having additional surgeries such as LASIK or limbal relaxing incisions.
  • Are comfortable adapting to change and learn new skills easily.
  • Wish to avoid a possible increased risk of some night vision symptom
A good way to reduce your dependence on glasses

Accommodative IOLs give you an excellent quality of vision and a very good chance of enough eyesight improvement that you will only occasionally need glasses to fine-tune your distance or near vision. A large majority of patients report being able to perform most daily functions without glasses. As with all surgery, patients with additional health conditions should ask their doctor what clarity of vision they can reasonably expect in their specific case.

When you may need glasses

Accommodative IOLs are technically a single-focus lenses, which can give you excellent distance vision right away.

In order to gain clear vision of near objects, however, your eye muscles need to strengthen so they can make the lens move (or flex) correctly for maximum eyesight improvement. You will need reading glasses for close vision in the meantime. To retrain your eye muscles, challenge yourself with visual activities at close range starting a week after surgery. It may take six months to a year to fully develop your near vision potential, but the more your eyes and brain practice, the better your near vision can get.

If a patient’s eye muscles are unable to adjust, accommodative IOLs still deliver clear distance and even intermediate vision. Reading glasses, however, may still be needed for close vision.

In general, you may need to use reading glasses for up close vision during more of the day than if you choose multifocal IOLs. But people with accommodative IOLs have less risk of experiencing night vision symptoms than those with multifocal IOLs.


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In association with:
Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust