One moment you’re reading a book. The next, you’re watching a car enter the driveway. Our eyes continually adjust in order to maintain a clear focus at various distances. This ability to adjust vision between near and far targets is referred to as accommodation. Unfortunately, as we get older, our lenses become less flexible and have to exert more effort in order to focus on near objects.
It’s challenging living a life with imperfect vision. Fortunately, patients today have better options than wearing glasses, contacts, or bifocals. Enjoy a broader range of vision once again and see a crystal clear world with accommodating intraocular lenses.
What is an Accommodating Intraocular Lens?
Accommodating intraocular lens (IOL) is an innovative artificial lens created to replace the natural lens affected by cataracts. While its primary function is to restore vision impacted by cataracts, it has the additional benefit of correcting presbyopia or the loss of ability to focus on near objects. Accommodating IOLs are designed to mimic the natural focusing mechanism of the eye, moving back and forth or changing shape as you change your visual focus between near and far objects.
At Houston LASIK & Eye, we understand that living your life to the fullest requires clear vision. This is why we have adopted the best vision technologies for you, including Crystalens and Trulign Toric IOL, the only FDA-approved accommodating IOL in the US. Trulign provides accommodation and also corrects astigmatism.
Generally speaking, patients over 40 with both cataract and presbyopia are ideal candidates for accommodating IOL implantation. If you have astigmatism as well as difficulty focusing on near, intermediate, and far objects, then you may be suited for Trulign Toric IOL.
Accommodating IOLs are also elective. Even if you don’t have a cataract but wish to free yourself from wearing glasses or contacts due to presbyopia and astigmatism, you may benefit from having accommodating lens implantation.
Accommodating IOL is used in conjunction with cataract surgery or clear lens exchange. After your natural lens is removed, the eye doctor inserts the accommodating lens into your eye through a small incision.
The recovery period is typically short. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. As part of your post-operative care, you may be advised to perform eye exercises daily (such as word games) for up to six months in order to strengthen your ciliary muscles and optimize the benefits of accommodation IOL.