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Lens Replacement Options

During cataract surgery at California Eye Associates the cataract-affected lens is removed and replaced with a clear Intraocular Lens (IOL). Some centers only offer one type of replacement lens but Dr. Stephen H. Johnson of Newport Beach, gives patients several options for the clearest vision. Dr. Johnson can help you determine the right IOL for your vision characteristics, vision goals and lifestyle. Not everyone is a candidate for all types of intraocular lenses. We can help you get the best match between your vision goals and the available intraocular lens technology.

IOL Options

Standard IOL

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The most common type of IOL is single-focus, meaning that it bends all the light rays the same and gives vision correction for one distance only. Your eyes are now single-focus if you are over 40. The standard lens can be chosen for either close-up or distance vision. We will go over this choice with you prior to surgery. Most patients will continue to wear glasses for most activities if they choose to have a standard IOL inserted.

Advanced Custom IOL Options

Today, there are other IOL options in Newport Beach that can allow you to live life less dependent upon glasses after cataract surgery.
  • Monovision
If you have cataracts in both eyes, the monovision technique of cataract surgery may be a good option if you have had experience with it before. Monovision means that one IOL is configured for close-up vision and the other IOL is set for distance vision. It allows for clear vision for distance and near. People often will try this if they wear contact lenses. However, this option does take some getting used to. Not everyone is successful in adjusting to this type of vision, so we often recommend that patients try wearing monovision contact lenses or changing their glasses before going this route to see if they like the effect.
  •  Astigmatism Correction (Toric IOLs)
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Toric IOLs can reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. These lenses have a correction for astigmatism built in, thus reducing significantly the blurring impact of your corneal astigmatism.  Not everyone with astigmatism is a candidate for this lens because the astigmatism type may vary. You will have special testing of your eye to evaluate your astigmatism and Dr. Johnson will personally review the results with you before you decide on the intraocular lens type that would be best for you.
  • Multifocal IOLs
Multifocal IOLs have multiple focusing zones that are pre-calculated into the lens, allowing you to see at near and far distances without glasses.
  • Accommodative IOL
Another type of IOL is the Accommodative IOL. These lenses are made to allow you to use your eye muscles to change the lens focus, just like your natural lens, for both distance and intermediate vision. There is a lot to learn about the different types of IOLs. Our team can help you understand the options that will match your vision goals at your Cataract Consultation. Please call 949-760-9007 or Schedule your appointment today.

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1441 Avocado Ave. Suite 206
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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