Intraocular Lenses – IOLs

What are intraocular lenses?

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are medical devices that are implanted inside the eye to replace the eye’s natural lens when it is removed during cataract surgery. IOLs also are used for a type of vision correction surgery called refractive lens exchange.

During your cataract lens replacement surgery, our surgeon will make a tiny cut in your eye to remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear plastic one.

Choosing your type of intraocular lens implant

With the NHS, you will usually be offered monofocal lenses, which have a single point of focus. This means the lens will be fixed for either near or distance vision, but not both. Most people prefer to have the distance vision lens implanted, and to then just use reading glasses for reading.

Please view the video below to find out more about your intraocular lens choice during your cataract treatment.

If you go private, you may be able to choose either a multifocal or an accommodating lens, which allows the eye to focus on both near and distant objects. Please follow this link if you would like more information on private cataract surgery options for private patients.


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