If you or someone you know will be undergoing cataract surgery, talk to one of our ophthalmologists at Berkshire Eye Center about what IOL may be best for you.Please consider your choices in the following summary of the most recently developed IOLs.Artificial intraocular lenses, or IOLs, replace the eyeâ€™s natural lens that is removed during cataract surgery.
Insertion of an intraocular lens for the treatment of cataracts is the most commonly performed eye surgical procedure.
Before that, if you had cataracts removed, you had to wear very thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses in order to see afterward, since the natural lens that had been removed wasnâ€™t replaced with an artificial one.
Until recently, only cataract surgeons â€” not their patients â€” weighed the risks and benefits of various IOLs.
The second type of IOL, more commonly known as a phakic intraocular lens (PIOL), is a lens which is placed over the existing natural lens, and is used in refractive surgery to change the eye's optical power as a treatment for myopia, or nearsightedness.
Most IOLs fitted today are fixed monofocal lenses matched to distance vision.