Cataracts are extremely common in older adults. Over time, the proteins in the eye start to build up and create a cloud over the lens, making it difficult for light to pass through. Cataracts, coupled with the natural visual deterioration that occurs with age, can significantly hamper your ability to see without the assistance of glasses or contacts. In fact, at the advanced stage, visual aids may no longer have an effect. During cataract surgery, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens implant (IOL). Traditional IOLs improve vision, but only at one distance, so eyeglasses or contacts are still necessary in some situations. Premium IOLs, on the other hand, not only improve vision at multiple distances, but they also treat age-related loss of reading vision (known as presbyopia). Clarity Eye Group proudly offers a selection of premium IOLs to improve vision and eliminate your dependence on glasses.

The ReSTOR® IOL improves near, intermediate and distance vision, but is particularly great for reading and other close-up activities.

The Tecnis Multifocal IOL also restores vision at multiple distances, and works well in most light conditions.

The Crystalens® IOL is an accommodating lens. Its unique feature is that it shifts position according to the movement of the eye muscle. Crystalens® provides the most normal replication of the form and function of a natural lens, according to some experts.

The Toric IOL also corrects astigmatism, a visual defect caused by the irregular curvature of the cornea.

Phakic IOLs are similar to the premium IOLs placed during cataract surgery; they are used for patients who need vision correction but are not suitable LASIK candidates. The difference between premium and phakic IOLs is that a phakic IOL does not replace the natural lens; rather, it is placed over the natural lens to work with it to improve vision.

The Visian implantable collamer lens (ICL) has the ability to create sharper, clearer and more vivid vision almost immediately after its placement. The Visian ICL™ is placed just behind the iris and in front of the lens; the implantation takes no longer than 15 minutes.

The Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens safely and effectively treats moderate to high myopia and astigmatism. It is attached to the iris during a six-minute procedure.

To learn more about the premium and phakic IOLs available at Clarity Eye Group and to schedule a consultation with an Orange County cataract surgeon, please contact us today.