Custom Lens Implants
Custom Lens Implants at Berkeley Eye Center
Most patients over the age of 45 who are nearsighted or farsighted are also presbyopic. Presbyopia is a condition that prevents the eye’s natural lens from changing shape, disallowing one to see clearly for both distance and near vision. Typically, when patients start noticing the need to use reading glasses or feel like their arms are not long enough to be able to read the newspaper, they are experiencing presbyopia.
Thanks to advances in technology, patients may now have their presbyopia corrected at the same time as their cataract surgery, reducing or eliminating their need for reading glasses. Some patients may choose to have a procedure called a Refractive Lensectomy before developing cataracts, in order to correct their presbyopia and reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses. This procedure is essentially the same as cataract surgery, but may be performed before a patient has been diagnosed with a cataract.
During cataract surgery or a Refractive Lensectomy, the natural clear lens inside your eye is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). Until recently, patients undergoing cataract or lens implant surgery received a monofocal, or single focus, intraocular lens. Monofocal IOLs implanted in both eyes generally provide excellent distance vision; however, patients often need spectacle correction for near and intermediate vision, or to correct astigmatism.
Options for Lens Implant Surgery
At Berkeley Eye Center, we want our patients to have as many options as possible when it comes to their lens implant surgery. With recent FDA approvals, there are now several different intraocular lens (IOL) implants available that can dramatically reduce your dependence on glasses after your lens implant procedure. The surgeons of Berkeley Eye Center are among a select group of surgeons, nationally, who are experienced at implanting all three of these high technology lenses. Our doctors and staff will discuss which of these lenses and which surgical techniques may be best suited for your particular vision, lifestyle and activities.