Bifocal IOL Implants After Cataract Surgery

Living with cataracts deprives you of many simple joys in life: enjoying vibrant colors, seeing loved ones’ faces clearly, and taking late-night drives to clear your mind. Now that you’ve reclaimed those simple joys by undergoing cataract surgery, you may be curious about bifocal IOL implants.

Those who have had cataract surgery recently most likely received IOL implants during the procedure. If you had the surgery many years ago, you may not have received IOL implants, and have instead been compensating with glasses. Not to worry! There’s still time. 

If you’ve had cataract surgery without receiving bifocal IOL implants but are ready to pave the way to better vision without corrective lenses, our team at Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. & Associates can help. Find out more about IOL implants below.

What are IOL implants?

During cataract surgery, your doctor removes the clouded lens in your eye to allow for better vision. IOL (intraocular lens) implants typically replace your clouded lens to restore as much vision as possible. These lenses mimic the function of your eye’s natural lens to bend the light that enters your eye, allowing you to see. IOL implants are commonly made from plastic compositions, such as silicone or acrylic, and are coated with a material that helps to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.

Bifocal IOL Implants

Bifocal IOL implants are a type of multifocal IOL implant that allows for both near and far focus. Much like bifocal glasses or contacts, these IOL implants have different powers and may require some time to get used to. This adjustment may be easier for you if the IOL is placed in both eyes. Oftentimes, having these implants allows you clear vision without wearing glasses or contacts. After recovery, since the lenses are implanted into your eye, there is no upkeep and the effects are long-term.

Risks of IOL implants

The benefits are incredible, but as with anything, there are risks associated with having IOL implants. Swelling and redness are common after the surgery. Although rare, you may experience some bleeding or develop an infection. 

Another rare risk is IOL dislocation, where the IOL implant moves out of place. IOL dislocation can lead to other more serious issues, including retina detachment, glaucoma, macular edema, and corneal edema. If you notice any vision abnormalities after your surgery, contact your doctor immediately so you can prevent such issues from occurring.

With IOL implants, you can enjoy a more vibrant quality of life. To find out if the procedure could be right for you, send us a message through our website or give us a call to set up an appointment at either our Frankfort or Bourbonnais, Illinois office.

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