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
More Information about Accommodative Intraocular Lens
For more information regarding this treatment as well as any frequently asked questions, please see below.
Multifocal IOLs have a very high success rate and give you a good chance of not needing glasses after cataract surgery. A large majority of patients report enough eyesight improvement that they either never or only occasionally need to wear glasses after surgery. As with all surgery, patients with additional health conditions should ask their doctor what they can reasonably expect in their specific case.
It may take several weeks to several months for you to reach your best eyesight improvement. And it is usually recommended to have cataract surgery on both eyes within a few weeks time, so the brain does not need to adjust to unbalanced vision while only one eye has a corrected lens.
There is a chance you may need glasses for some tasks even after you adjust. For example, some patients need glasses to:
- Read fine print
- See more clearly in low light conditions
- Obtain the best vision at intermediate distances, like at the computer