Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

IOLs on Long Island – Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO

Intraocular lens implants (IOLs) are implantable lenses that are surgically placed into the eye to improve vision. There are several different types of IOL implants, including premium multifocal IOLs, toric IOLs, accommodating IOLs and phakic IOLs.

As a leading Long Island cataract surgery provider who serves patients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO, offers the most sophisticated IOLs for excellent vision correction outcomes.

Please read the paragraphs below to learn more about the different types of IOLs.

Multifocal IOLs

Multifocal IOLs are used during cataract surgery to replace the eye's natural crystalline lens and provide postoperative patients with restored vision at multiple distances. The most common multifocal IOLs include:

  • AcrySof ReSTOR (Alcon)
  • Tecnis Multifocal Abbott Medical Optics (AMO)

Read more about multifocal IOLs.

Accommodating IOLs

Accommodating IOLs can be used during cataract surgery, but they were originally developed for the correction of presbyopia (age-related loss of reading vision). Accommodating IOLs restore the eye's ability to focus on objects at various distances, thereby improving near and far vision. To date, Crystalens is the only accommodating IOL approved by the FDA.

Toric IOLs

Toric IOLs are specifically designed to address the vision needs of postoperative cataract surgery patients who suffer from astigmatism. The most popular toric IOL is AcrySof Toric from Alcon.

Phakic IOLs

Phakic IOLs are implantable contact lenses that are placed in the eye for clear distance vision. Unlike multifocal, toric and accommodating IOLs, the phakic IOLs do not require removal of the eye's natural crystalline lens. While treatment with phakic IOLs may be used as an alternative to LASIK, these implantable lenses have been FDA approved only for correction of nearsightedness.

There are two types of phakic IOLs:

  • Verisyse
  • Visian ICL

Read more about phakic IOLs.

Dr. Donnenfeld is an extremely experienced IOL surgeon who participated in early FDA trials of the Verisyse phakic IOL and Tecnis Multifocal. Depending on your unique vision needs, Dr. Donnenfeld will recommend the most appropriate IOL to help you greatly reduce your dependence on corrective eyewear.

For more information on IOLs, please schedule a consultation with Long Island laser eye surgery and cataract surgeon Dr. Donnenfeld.

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