IOLs (intraocular lenses) are most often used to replace the crystalline lens during cataract surgery. A monofocal IOL corrects vision at one distance, and the patient continues to wear glasses to achieve either close or distant focus. Monofocal IOLs can also be used to achieve monovision, a solution for presbyopia. At Ophthalmology Physicians and Surgeons in Philadelphia, PA, we can explain your options and help you determine if a monofocal IOL is right for you.
If you want to undergo monovision treatment, or if you do not mind wearing glasses after cataract surgery, monofocal IOLs may be right for you. Patients considering monofocal IOLs should be in good overall health and should have adequate corneal thickness. In addition, qualifying individuals will have healthy eyes that are free from infection and disease. During an initial consultation at our practice, your doctor will perform a thorough assessment to determine if this treatment is right for you.
Most patients choose to correct distance vision and then simply wear glasses for reading and other up- close tasks.
Monofocal IOLs are not for everyone. This treatment may not be the best option if you:
Most commonly, monofocal IOLs are used to replace a crystalline lens clouded by cataracts to re-establish clear vision and provide focus at one distance. This means that patients who choose this option will still need glasses. Most patients choose to correct distance vision and then simply wear glasses for reading and other up close tasks.
Presbyopia (age-related farsightedness) often begins affecting patients after age 40. One solution to this condition is monovision, in which one eye is attuned to close focus and the other is attuned to distant focus. The brain has the ability to adjust between the two and achieve more comprehensive focus. This can be achieved with contact lenses or monofocal IOLs. We recommend trying monovision with removable contact lenses before moving forward with a surgical procedure.
Generally, the surgical placement of monofocal IOLs takes about one hour in our office. It consists of three primary steps:
Following monofocal IOL placement, most patients can resume routine activities within 24 hours. To monitor your progress and assess your healing, the surgeon will see you for a follow-up the day after your procedure.
At Ophthalmology Physicians and Surgeons, we strive to deliver outstanding care to our patients every day. That is why we have handpicked a team of skilled and knowledgeable surgeons to serve our community. Each of our doctors is committed to staying up to date on the latest advancements and technologies to provide precise, beneficial care. If you are having any issues with your vision, we invite you to visit our practice.
To explore your treatment options and improve your vision, schedule a consultation. You can call us at (215) 672-4300 or contact us online anytime.