Advanced IOL Options in Bloomington, MN

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About Cataract Lenses

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss across the globe. Luckily, with cataract surgery, Dr. Ralph Chu at Chu Vision Institute can correct this loss. When it has been determined that it is time to remove the cataract, you have many options for correcting your vision. Modern cataract surgery allows Dr. Chu to use modern surgical techniques and technologies, providing the most precision and accuracy to your visual outcome. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery is one of these tools. Dr. Chu was the first in Minnesota to offer Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with the VICTUS Femtosecond Laser.

During refractive cataract surgery, your eye lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Sometimes referred to as an implant, an IOL is an artificial lens placed in the eye to function just like your eye's natural lens. Thanks to cutting-edge developments in ocular technology, advanced IOLs can now correct or improve any existing refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. As a result, you may become less dependent on glasses or contacts. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is pleased to offer several advanced IOL options for patients who undergo surgery to remove cataracts. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Chu will provide you with options for standard and advanced IOLs to meet your unique vision needs and lifestyle. If you are experiencing cloudy eyesight associated with cataracts, contact Chu Vision Institute in Minneapolis, MN. Our expert team looks forward to sharing more about advanced techniques and technologies to help you obtain clearer vision.

What Are my Cataract Lens Options?

At Chu Vision Institute, we offer a number of different IOLs for patients who have refractive cataract surgery. Dr. Chu will help you choose an IOL based on your current eye health, lifestyle, and vision needs. We offer the following lenses:

Types of Lenses

  • Monofocal IOLs – This type of IOL can correct vision at one focal point (at close up, intermediate, or far away distances). Patients who select monofocal lenses typically still require the use of reading glasses.
  • Toric IOLs – Toric IOLs provide clearer vision following refractive cataract surgery for patients with astigmatism. These IOLs work similarly to toric contact lenses. Just like monofocal IOLs, toric IOLs correct vision at one distance.
  • Multifocal IOLs – These advanced IOLs are designed to simultaneously provide correction for both near and far away vision. Patients who receive multifocal IOLs are able to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts following surgery.
  • Accommodating IOLs – These IOLs help reduce dependence on reading glasses by "flexing" within your eye to help you more easily focus your vision. Accommodating IOLs work well to improve vision at mid-range distances.
  • Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs – These lenses are designed to expand your depth of focus to provide crisp, sharp vision at near, far, and intermediate distances. Many patients who have EDOF lenses have drastically reduced or minimized their dependence on eyeglasses.
  • Light Adjustable Lens - These IOLs are the only FDA-approved lens that can be customized after implantation with a special UV light. Several light treatments will take place after the eye is healed from surgery to adjust and lock in the right prescription. This option may be best for someone who isn't a great candidate for our Lifestyle Lens options but is looking for more freedom from glasses.

Lifestyle Lens Options

  • Crystalens and Trulign IOL – The Crystalens® and Trulign® accommodating intraocular lenses (IOL) are designed to correct a wider range of vision following cataract surgery.
  • AcrySof IQ PanOptix Trifocal IOL – The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® trifocal intraocular lens (IOL) is designed to help patients see in multiple ranges of vision from close to distance following cataract surgery.
  • Tecnis Symfony IOL – The Tecnis® Symfony Extended Range intraocular lens (IOL) is the first and only Extended Depth of Focus presbyopia-correcting IOL that provides continuous, high-quality vision at any distance following cataract removal surgery.
  • AcrySof ReSTOR IOL – The AcrySof® ReSTOR® multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) is designed to help patients see in multiple ranges of vision from close to distance following cataract surgery.

Choosing your lenses

Before your cataract removal procedure, our skilled optometrist, Dr. Heckman, will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose your cataracts and determine your specific refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism), if any. This will help determine which IOL would work best to meet your vision needs. During your consultation, Dr. Heckman will review all IOL options available based on your vision goals (like whether you want the ability to read or drive without glasses). Your daily lifestyle, vision needs, and individual preferences will all factor into which IOL is chosen. Along with Dr. Heckman, Dr. Chu will also provide you with the necessary information to help you choose the best intraocular lens to improve your vision.

What to Expect with Your New IOL

Your cataract surgery will be performed at our ambulatory surgery center, conveniently located adjacent to Chu Vision Institute. Prior to the procedure, our team will review what to expect in terms of results, when you might anticipate vision improvements, and any recovery instructions. Since refractive cataract surgery with an artificial IOL is a personalized procedure, outcomes can vary with each person. The majority of patients at Chu Vision Institute are pleased with their results with many reporting some of the best vision they have had in years. With an IOL, you do not have to worry about getting cataracts again in the future since your new artificial lens is designed to stay in place and not break apart. However, a possible future complication known as PCO (posterior capsule opacification) could cause blurred, cloudy vision. Fortunately, this condition can be easily treated with a YAG laser procedure.

Lenses for Your Lifestyle

The team at Chu Vision Institute in Minneapolis is committed to helping patients see better after cataract surgery by providing some of the most technologically advanced IOL options available. An artificial intraocular lens (IOL) can not only replace a natural lens damaged by cataracts, but it can correct refractive errors. Reach out to our office today if you have cataracts, and learn more about obtaining clearer vision with less dependence on eyeglasses and contacts.

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