May 9

Presbyopia and IOLs

Posted on May 9, 2012 — by Eric Del Piero

As you get older, there are many different vision problems you may face. Thankfully the team at our Salinas and Monterey eye care centers are here to help. No matter what your vision problem or eye care need, we will be here to assist you and provide expert care. One common vision problem for older individuals is presbyopia, which you may not be aware of. Let's take a look at this condition and one of its treatment options: intraocular lenses.

About Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a condition in which the eyes lose their ability to focus on nearby objects over time. This differs from regular myopia, however. In myopia, the curvature of the cornea results in poor vision of nearby objects. In presbyopia, this poor vision is caused by changes to the lens of the eye, usually related to curvature, elasticity, or the muscles controlling the lens. People in middle age and older will likely experience this condition.

Common Treatments for Presbyopia

One of the most common treatments for presbyopia is the use of corrective lenses. Sometimes this means getting bifocals to help adjust for vision loss, or it could mean a second pair of glasses for reading. Another option is monovision LASIK. Unlike regular Monterey LASIK, monovision LASIK only corrects vision for one eye, allowing it to see nearby objects. Corrective lenses will still be required, however. Artificial lens implants are also an option to consider that has been gaining in popularity over time.

About Intraocular Lenses

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that are surgically placed. These artificial lenses are commonly used when addressing cataracts with cataract surgery, and their affects can be quite remarkable. Intraocular lenses come in two varieties: multifocal and monofocal. The multifocal lenses can focus on objects both near and far while the monofocal lenses are fixed to accommodate for either near vision or distance vision. People who get monofocal lenses will need corrective lenses.

Intraocular Lenses and Presbyopia

Since presbyopia is caused by issues with the lens of the eye, intraocular lenses are a good solution to consider. By replacing the lens of the eye with an artificial lens, you will be able to safely and effectively restore vision. In the case of multifocal lenses, corrective lenses after surgery may not be necessary.

Finding the Best Option for You

Even though intraocular lenses present a great option for enhanced vision, it's important that you meet with our Monterey and Salinas ophthalmologists in person. During this visit, they will be able to assess your situation and determine the best possible treatment option to meet your needs given your medical history.

Learn More About IOLs and Other Eye Care Issues

If you would like to learn more about intraocular lenses, corrective lenses, monovision LASIK, and other important eye care topics, we encourage you to contact our Salinas and Monterey eye care facilities to schedule a consultation. We will assess your situation and determine which option is right for you and explain each treatment in full so you have realistic expectations about each treatment and what they can accomplish.

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