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Who Is a Good Candidate for Intraocular Lenses?

Cataracts (the clouding of the eye’s natural lens) are an extremely common vision issue, and they cannot be fixed with glasses or contacts. The only way to treat them is with cataract surgery, wherein the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial, intraocular lens, known as an IOL. IOLs can restore your vision and give you a crisp, clear view of the world. Advanced technology IOLs are also effective for myopic patients without cataracts who elect to undergo the procedure in order to decrease the need for glasses. Are you eligible for intraocular lenses? You are a good candidate if:

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  • You are a cataract patient with concurrent refractive error, presbyiopia, or both.
  • You have healthy eyes (other than the cataracts or myopia, of course). Any trauma to the eye or developmental conditions that would complicate the procedure may preclude you from receiving IOLs.
  • You have no cataracts but have experienced problems with your near-vision.
  • You have no prior health conditions that would prevent the implantation of an IOL in your eye.
  • You are too nearsighted or farsighted to qualify for the LASIK procedure. Former LASIK patients may also qualify for intraocular lenses.

While these are some general guidelines, your best option to find out whether you are a good candidate for IOLs is to discuss the matter with an ophthalmologist. He or she will conduct some vision tests and an examination to properly diagnose your vision problems and then discuss your options with you.

For quality ophthalmic care, consider Vista Laser Vision’s Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Based in New York City, we provide LASIK procedures and cataract surgery in addition to a wide range of other procedures. Give us a call at (212) 580-8881 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.