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Options to Improve Distance Vision

Options to Improve Distance Vision when you have Astigmatism

Options to Improve Distance and Near Vision

New advances in technology have allowed for the development of IOLs which allow patients to see clearly at multiple distances while decreasing their dependency on glasses. There are several different types of premium lens implants and services available. Your doctor will work with you to decide which lens is best for your individual lifestyle and needs.

Options to Improve Distance Vision

  • Monofocal intraocular lens (Standard IOL)

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There is no extra charge for this lens.

This implant is a single-focus lens, which means it focuses your vision at one distance. Most often, the implant power is selected to give the best vision for far away. It is necessary to use glasses for reading, computer and other close activities. Some patients with astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness after surgery may need bifocals or progressive glasses to improve both distance and near vision. All patients are candidates for this lens.

Options to Improve Distance Vision when you have Astigmatism

What is Astigmatism? It is when the cornea is oval instead of round and this has to be corrected to improve the vision.

  • Toric Intraocular Lens (Toric IOL)  

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There is an extra cost for this lens.

This IOL has correction for astigmatism built into the lens, making the patient more independent of glasses for seeing in the distance (far away). It is also a single focus implant; therefore, glasses are required for reading and for other near focusing activities.  

  • Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

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There is an extra cost for this premium service.

Femtosecond Laser performs several steps of cataract surgery and can treat smaller amounts of corneal astigmatism.  This improves uncorrected distance vision and decreases dependence on glasses after surgery by reducing astigmatism. Glasses are required for reading and other near activities after surgery. 

Options to Improve Distance and Near Vision

  • Multifocal Intraocular Lenses

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There is an extra cost for this lens.

Multifocal intraocular lenses have correction for distance and near built into the same lens. A portion of the lens brings distance light rays into focus and a portion of the lens brings near light rays into focus. Among multifocal intraocular lenses, some are better suited for distance-dominant activities and others for near-dominant activities. Your doctor will help you decide which lens best suits your visual needs. Multifocal lenses may be associated with mild halos and glare at night in a small group of patients. These lenses can also be used in patients who have corneal astigmatism.

  • Monovision Option

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There is an extra cost for this option.

Monovision is when the dominant eye is focused for distance and the non-dominant eye is focused for closer activities. Using both eyes, you can see many activities without glasses. Monovision can be achieved with cataract surgery by implanting a lens for distance in one eye and a lens for closer activities in the other eye.

There are limitations to monovision and glasses may be required for some functions for both distance and near. In addition, if the patient has astigmatism, then astigmatism correction with a Toric IOL or laser is recommended.