What Type of IOL Should I Get?

A portrait of a middle-aged man with glasses. As intraocular lenses become more advanced, there will be several types to choose from. As a result, some types of IOLs may be more beneficial than others depending on your specific eye condition and daily needs. Before choosing an IOL, there are several personal factors you need to consider. For example, do you have any activities that you want to do without glasses, or do you want to see at multiple distances? Answering questions like these will help you choose the right IOL for your condition.

In general, the type of IOL you should get depends on your overall ocular health and budget. For most patients, monofocal IOLs are the cheapest choice. However, they only provide clear vision at one distance. This means that you will need glasses for certain activities depending on the focal point you choose. For example, if you have your monofocal IOL set to near, you will need a pair of glasses for driving or watching TV.

Multifocal IOLs are the most cost-effective solution for patients with cataracts or presbyopia. This type of lens can provide magnification at multiple distances and extend your range of vision without glasses or contacts. However, a multifocal lens is not recommended for patients who have glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, macular degeneration, or astigmatism.

Toric IOLs are a special type of monofocal lens that can be used to correct astigmatism in cataract patients. While they are a great way to improve vision, they are sometimes placed in conjunction with limbal relaxing incisions, which help reshape the cornea into a sphere.

Another thing to consider when choosing an IOL is the potential for side effects. Multifocal lenses can have some mild side effects, including glare, halos, or decreased contrast sensitivity. Before selecting a lens, make sure to speak with Dr. John Kirk.

Find Out Which IOL Is Right for You

If you want to know more about your IOL options, call the Kirk Eye Center today at 970-669-1107 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Kirk will conduct a thorough examination to determine which IOL will provide the most benefit for you. We welcome patients living in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Greeley, and surrounding Northern Colorado communities.

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