As we age, our ability to see with our own natural crystalline lens diminishes. Examples of this are presbyopia, which requires us to need reading glasses or the early development of cataracts which causes vision to become blurred. During Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery, the natural lens is removed and an Intraocular lens implant (IOL) is put in its place. This new lens is used to correct your vision based on your vision specifications and desired results after surgery.
Due to advances in technology, there are now many types of lenses that can be customized to your unique vision needs and lifestyle.
This basic lens provides a single focus distance vision. Because of this, those who wish to correct their vision at both near and far distances will still need to supplement their vision with glasses. For those that don’t mind wearing glasses for certain tasks, standard lenses are a great option. Our refractive specialists can help walk you through your options and find the lens that is best suited for you and your desired outcome after surgery.
Where a standard lens provides vision at a single distance, an advanced technology lens such as a multifocal or accommodating IOL, will be the best choice if you want to maximize your ability to focus at varying distances while minimizing your dependency on glasses.
Recent advancements in multifocal technology now make it possible for people to see at multiple distances without the help of magnifying glasses or bifocals (even trifocals). You can experience your vision close-up while reading the paper or your favorite book and then enjoy seeing at a distance when you’re looking at the sunset or watching TV. These lenses have the ability to consistently offer improved vision at various ranges.
For people who are active and are inhibited by wearing glasses, multifocal lenses are a premium option that can accommodate you and your favorite activities.
Distance and Astigmatic Correction
Those with astigmatism (irregular shape of the cornea that requires glasses for correction), may elect for a lens that addresses astigmatism providing natural distance vision. The most advanced method of distance correction uses a lens called a toric lens. The toric lens incorporates unique optics to compensate for specific deficiencies in your vision. Astigmatism correction may be the best choice for you if you would like to further improve your quality of vision and reduce your dependency on glasses.
A Revolutionary New Technology to Optimize the Best Possible
Vision During Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery
Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center is proud to announce yet another FDA approved technology aimed at improving vision with RLE surgery. This new device is called ORA., Optiwave Refractive Analyzer.
ORA provides an analysis of your eye during cataract surgery that is not possible with conventional measurements and instruments. The technology works by directing an invisible beam of low intensity light into the eye during the cataract surgery. This light then reflects back from the eye and sensors within the ORA device analyze the eye’s unique optical characteristics. This information then allows our surgeons to choose the most accurate intraocular lens implant and more accurately correct astigmatism for every patient who chooses to use this technology.
Ideal candidates are patients who want the most accurate results, patients who choose advanced technology implants like multifocal, accommodative and toric implants, patients who desire more accurate astigmatism corrections, patients with prior PRK or LASIK and in conjunction with RLE surgery.
For more information about the ORA and what it can do for you please feel free to discuss this with our refractive team.
Technology continues to advance and give us more ways to correct vision in a way that is tailored to our individual needs. If you have questions about what IOL or premium lens would be the best option for you, talk to your surgeon about the differences and advantages.