Choosing the Intraocular Lens (IOL) That Best Fits Your Lifestyle

Synthetic Lens Helps Correct Vision After Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are and always have been associated with growing older, but they don’t have to mean glasses and permanent changes to vision.

Cataract surgery involves replacing the affected lens, which has become clouded resulting in blurred vision, with a new synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). Not all replacement lenses are the same, though. It will be up to you and your doctor to find the right IOL that fits your needs.

Types of Intraocular Lenses

The Scott & White Eye Institute offers a variety of options for you to choose from following cataract surgery.

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ReSTOR® is a multifocal synthetic lens that improves vision in a range of distances, so a patient can see near, far and everything in between clearly, without glasses. Patients who have the ReSTOR® lens can often read a book or the newspaper, drive (day or night) and work on the computer, all without glasses. Not all patients are candidates for ReSTOR®, and your Scott & White surgeon can help you determine if this lens is right for you. Prior to your surgery, you will have measurements made of your eye, so your surgeon can make a determination on which type of IOL is right for you.

Cataracts aren’t the only condition that can affect the lens’ ability to focus. Presbyopia is a condition in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus at close distances. A need for reading glasses is usually a sign of presbyopia. And as with cataracts, the ReSTOR® lens is an option for people with presbyopia.


The Toric lens has a single focal point, designed to correct both cataracts and pre-existing astigmatism. This lens helps with distance vision while offering enhanced image quality — all without the need for glasses after surgery.

Toric lenses are made from the same material as contact lenses, so they are a good option for those with astigmatism who have been told they cannot wear contact lenses to correct their vision.

Toric lenses have two different powers with curves at different angles. One curve is for astigmatism the other is for myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).

Monofocal Lens

Those undergoing cataract surgery also have the option of a simple monofocal lens, designed with a single focal point to correct cataracts and provide distance vision. This lens also enhances vision quality.

Talk to Your Scott & White Opthalmologist to Learn More About Intraocular Lenses

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