• What's the best IOL to preserve near vision after cataract surgery?


    Question:

    For a patient with extreme nearsightedness and astigmatism, what is the best lens to implant during cataract surgery to preserve great close-up vision?


    Answer:

    Almost any brand of IOL can preserve your nearsightedness, if the proper power of lens is selected for you. IOLs may vary in their makeup and configuration, but they all come in a wide range of refractive (focusing) powers. This means that your ophthalmologist can help preserve your myopia by selecting a lens power that works for your desires. Astigmatism can be corrected with a special IOL, the cost of which is not covered by insurances. This lens is called a toric IOL. They have a wide range of astigmatism focusing errors built into them. This lens can be ordered such that it corrects the astigmatism while preserving the near vision you seem to value so much. You and your ophthalmologist can select the IOL that best meets your lifestyle and visual needs during an in-person consultation.


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