Texas Midwest Eye Center, LLP
Troy L. Carter, MD
Ophthalmologist & Cataract Specialist located in Abilene, TX
Whether you need to have cataract surgery or want to correct vision problems so you can stop wearing glasses, you can correct any refractive error with premium intraocular lenses (IOLs). Board-certified ophthalmologist Troy L. Carter, M.D. in Abilene, Texas, has extensive experience implanting new lenses. Dr. Carter offers several types of premium IOLs to make sure you can find one that’s capable of restoring your vision. To learn more about premium IOLs, call Texas Midwest Eye Center, LLP or book an appointment online today.
Premium IOLs Q&A
How do premium and standard IOLs differ?
The purpose of an IOL is to replace the original lens in one or both eyes. Dr. Carter performs an in-office procedure to remove your old lenses and replace them with new IOLs.
When replacing a lens, you can choose between standard and premium IOLs:
A standard IOL is monofocal, which means it only corrects vision at one distance. Most people correct their far vision, and if necessary, use eyeglasses for reading and near vision.
Premium IOLs improve your vision at any distance. As a result, they correct all refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
When would I need premium IOLs?
Premium IOLs are used for two primary purposes:
Cataracts slowly develop as you get older, making the lens turn cloudy. During cataract surgery, Dr. Carter removes the damaged lens and replaces it with a new IOL.
Lens replacement surgery (refractive lens exchange)
You may choose to have lens replacement surgery if you:
- Can’t have laser surgery for refractive errors
- Have a lens disease other than cataracts
- Have lens damage due to an eye injury
- Want to treat cataracts at an early stage
When correcting refractive errors, premium IOLs are the best (and sometimes only) choice.
What types of premium IOLs are available?
These are a few examples of premium IOLs:
Toric IOLs correct astigmatism, a refractive error that affects your near and far vision. Toric lenses can be customized for your unique type and degree of astigmatism.
Accommodating IOLs work with the eye muscles surrounding the lens. These muscles change the shape of your original lens, allowing you to see at near and far distances. Accommodating lenses do the same thing, flexing and moving with muscle changes to correct your vision at all distances.
Multifocal IOLs are made with more than one focusing power in the lens. As a result, you can see up close, in the middle range, and at a far distance. Multifocal IOLs are similar to bifocal and trifocal glasses, but they don’t have visible lines, and they don’t cause distortion.
Some types of multifocal IOLs also enhance the quality of your vision, making it easier to drive at night without causing halos around lights.
If you have questions about premium IOLs, call the office of Troy L. Carter, M.D., or book an appointment online today.