Monofocal Lens Implants
A Monofocal Lens Implant can provide excellent vision after cataract surgery, as long as no astigmatism is present. Unlike other lens technology available today, the monofocal lens implant only corrects vision at a singular set range, usually at a distance for clear vision when doing activities such as driving or going to the movies. A Monofocal Lens Implant does not correct intermediate vision for doing things like playing cards or seeing a golf ball on a tee, or near vision for reading and other up close activities.
The majority of patients who elect to have Monofocal or Traditional Lens Implants will be dependent on glasses or bifocals either some or most of the time. Alternatively, you can choose to have an IOL implanted in one eye to improve your distance vision and one implanted in the other eye to improve your near vision. This technique is referred to as monovision.
What to Expect During Surgery and Post Op
Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in The Eye Center’s fully accredited surgery center. Patients can expect to stay no more than three to four hours. Prior to surgery, patients are given a relaxant to enhance calmness. They do not have to remain under anesthesia and should neither see nor feel any part of the surgery. Many patients describe this as a “dream state.”
Using microincision surgery, the cataract is removed with the help of ultrasound technology and the new lens is inserted. This new lens should last a lifetime. Post-operative limitations are few following cataract surgery. Because traditional cataract surgery is a brief, painless technique, most patients can resume their normal activities immediately and care for themselves with little or no help from others. The eye heals more quickly and there is no discomfort from stitches.