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Your Best Intraocular Lenses (IOL's) At University Vision Centre in El Paso, TX

Before the advent of intraocular lenses (IOL’s) in the 1980’s, patients after cataract surgery (cataract surgery removes the natural lens of the eye when it becomes severely clouded) had to wear very thick glasses to try to correct their post-surgical vision. Subsequently, different types of IOL’s were developed to replace the lens removed by cataract surgery. Great care should be taken in deciding in consultation with your optometrist and eye surgeon what type of IOL is best for you.

What are IOL’s?

Intraocular lenses are very small clear plastic artificial lenses made of either acrylic or silicone and coated with a UV protective coating. IOL’s are placed into the lens capsule supported by haptics (“legs”) to replace the eye’s natural lens removed by cataract surgery.

What are the Different Types of IOL’s?

There are several different types of intraocular lenses used after cataract surgery. These include:

  • Monofocal IOL’s - Monofocal IOL’s only focuses at one distance which is the one best for distance vision. Patients after cataract surgery who have Monofocal IOL’s usually need to wear reading glasses.
  • Multifocal IOL’s - Multifocal IOL’s provide correction for both distance and near vision and so reading glasses may not be necessary after cataract surgery.
  • Toric IOL’s - Toric IOL’s correct for both astigmatism (uneven corneal curvature) and nearsightedness or farsightedness.
  • Accommodative IOL’s - Accommodative IOL’s allow for focusing at different distances. They are supported on flexible haptics which allow the IOL to move forward for an increased ability to focus on near objects.

How to Choose the Right IOL At University Vision Centre?

When choosing the right IOL at University Vision Centre in El Paso, TX, we take care to select the type of intraocular lens that is most suited to your lifestyle and visual conditions.

Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) and your level of physical activity and budget are considered when choosing the right IOL for you.

Call University Vision Centre Today – We Carry Your Best IOL Options

Call us today at 915-533-1811 for an appointment for new eyeglasses after your IOL placement. University Vision Centre is located at 3800 N. Mesa St. #B-1, El Paso, TX 79902.


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