Premium Intraocular Lenses in Johannesburg
Premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) replace the eye’s natural lens after it is removed during cataract surgery. This eliminates the need for cataract patients to have special glasses or contact lenses after the procedure.
Multifocal Intraocular Lenses
Many patients in South Africa question if they need glasses after an IOL implant. Traditional IOLs are monofocal and only correct vision at one distance. This means that patients with these IOLs must still wear glasses or contacts for activities like reading. Currently, multifocal IOLs are available and can reduce or eliminate the need for cataract patients to use corrective eyewear. Results vary due to differing amounts of vision correction required from patient to patient, and the uniqueness of each patient’s eyes.
Our practice offers AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOLs, which treat both presbyopia and astigmatism in a single surgery. He also offers the AcrySof(R) Toric IOL, which corrects astigmatism. Our doctors will evaluate your vision and the type of cataract surgery you will be receiving before suggesting the proper IOL for you.
Some patients have a condition called lenticular astigmatism. This condition, which is caused by an irregularly shaped lens, can also be corrected with a toric IOL. Certain IOLs are also designed to provide better sensitivity to the contrast between light and dark. One of the risks with IOLs is that they may migrate out of place and a patient may need additional surgery for it to be repositioned. Otherwise, there are few possible complications.
Not all surgeons in Johannesburg and Pretoria are fully trained with premium IOLs. Our doctors have years of experience in IOL placement and will prescribe the right type for your eyes. Most cataract patients qualify for IOLs, but if you have severe diabetic retinopathy, uncontrolled glaucoma or advanced macular degeneration you may not be a candidate for the procedure.
If you wish to have a premium IOL consultation, call our practice at (011) 214-9075 or (010) 597-7888.