Whether it’s cataracts or presbyopia, getting older can dramatically change your vision in a negative way.
Cataracts occur when your natural lenses cloud over, and presbyopia occurs when you lose your ability to focus your eyes on near objects (accommodation). The only treatment for cataracts is to remove the cataract lens surgically and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL).
In the past, most standard intraocular lenses were monofocal and fixed for distance vision only. Today, there are other choices. Dr. Ilan Cohen at 5th Avenue Eye Center performs all of these procedures and can discuss the various options with you. For the best results we will need to determine which of the new technology lenses is the best for your individual case. Many different eye conditions exist that may make you a better candidate for one specific lens versus the other.
Crystalens is an increasingly popular choice in IOLs. It mimics the functioning of our natural young lens with a special design that allows the lens to flex along with your eye muscles (accommodation). This allows your eye to focus naturally for near, intermediate and distance vision. Crystalens is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens. After a Crystalens procedure, many patients will no longer need glasses or contact lenses for reading or working on the computer.
ReSTOR intraocular lens is a very popular option that allows patients to see objects both near and far. The lens uses a special technology to distribute light. As a result, patients are often freed of having to use glasses for all distances. Also, many patients who have a problem with accommodation choose to replace their natural lenses with ReSTOR for vision correction, even though they don't have a cataract (e.g., presbyopia correction).
ReZoom IOL is a popular multifocal refractive IOL that offers patients the ability to see clearly at near, intermediate and far distances. The lens distributes light over those multiple zones to produce a full range of vision correction. The ReZoom lens also offers clear vision in variable lighting conditions.
TECNIS multifocal lenses have been shown to be highly effective in the majority of our cataract surgery New Jersey and New York patients. In fact, 9 out of 10 TECNIS multifocal lens wearers never need to wear glasses because they experience a full range of vision. Of course, as with any of these lenses, your individual outcome will depend on the physical characteristics of your eyes.
A different type of next generation lens called the AcrySof Toric Lens may be the best choice for you if you suffer from cataracts and astigmatism. The Toric lens will eliminate or minimize your astigmatism and will improve your natural vision for both distance and near. However, with this lens you will still need your reading glasses.
One of the most popular intraocular lenses is the ReZoom lens. The ReZoom IOL is a specially designed lens implant that offers patients the ability to see clearly at near, intermediate and far distances. It is a multifocal refractive IOL with multiple optical zones. The lens implant distributes light over those zones to produce a full range of vision correction. The ReZoom lens also offers clear vision in variable lighting conditions.
Like all eye surgeries, the Rezoom procedure poses some risk of complication. Infection is always possible with eye surgery, but the risk can be reduced with medication. Additionally, some halo effect or glare has been reported with ReZoom lenses, but this usually clears up within several months.
Is the ReZoom Lens Right for You?
Dr. Ilan Cohen has extensive experience working with all types of implantable lenses. A screening exam at the 5th Avenue Eye Center can determine if the ReZoom IOL is right for you. Typical candidates are those with cataracts who also have difficulty with near vision. Some patients without cataracts may be able to benefit from ReZoom lenses as well.
You can expect the best results from your cataract surgery New Jersey or NYC if you take the time to choose a surgeon who has been fellowship trained in cornea and refractive surgery, such as Dr. Ilan Cohen. For treatment options in Manhattan, Glendale NY, the greater New York area, or Old Bridge, New Jersey, and surrounding cities, we welcome you to email us, call (212) 764-2020 or (866) 731-3937, or visit us in person.