Understanding the 3 Types of Intraocular Lenses

Although you may enjoy a cloudy day at the beach, the last thing you will enjoy has cloudy vision. Cataracts cause your vision to become cloudy and skewed— leaving you with the inability to see properly. Luckily, with surgery from Precision Vision, you can remove your cataracts and restore your vision in no time. As part of cataract surgery, your natural lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. There are three different types of intraocular lenses available including monofocal, toric, and presbyopic-correcting. This article will discuss these three different types of lenses and what they are used for. Read on to learn more.

Monofocal

As long as you don’t have astigmatism, a monofocal lens can be used to correct a single range of vision. For instance, if you are nearsighted, have troubles seeing a computer, or are farsighted, a monofocal lens can be used to treat one of these problems. To help correct the remaining issues, glasses or contact lenses can be used. As an extra benefit of monofocal lenses, they don’t have any glare or halos at night— leaving you feeling more confident while driving in the dark.

Toric

As mentioned previously, monofocal lenses cannot be used for patients who have astigmatism. However, toric lenses can be. Designed specifically for patients who have astigmatism, toric lenses are used to correct near, intermediate, or farsightedness.

Presbyopic-Correcting

Unlike monofocal and toric lenses that can only correct one area of your vision, presbyopic correcting can be used to correct two or more of your vision problems. Depending on your eyesight, there are different brands of presbyopic-correcting lenses that the doctors at Precision Vision may choose to use.

During your initial consultation with the doctors at Precision Vision, they will go through what options you have regarding your intraocular lenses. If you have cataracts and are considering getting surgery, contact our office today to set up your consultation!


How to Lend Emotional Support to A Friend Who Just Lost Their Eyesight

Nothing can be quite as devastating as losing your ability to see. As one of the senses you use most, your vision can be considered one of the driving forces of your body. If you have recently discovered that one of your friends or family members has lost their eyesight, you may not know if there’s anything you can do to lend a hand. However, we have created an article with a few ways that you can emotionally support a friend who lost their eyesight.

Keep Them Company

Losing your vision can be beyond isolating. To help your friend not feel so alone as they adjust, try keeping them company. If your schedule permits, try going over to their house every day for the first couple of weeks. By having something to look forward to, you can help them feel less isolated.

Drive Them Round

As an adult, one of the most difficult parts about losing your vision is losing your ability to drive—-which can feel like you’re losing your independence. As your friend is transitioning, offer to drive them around so they can still get things done like grocery shopping. The more your friend feels like they’re able to do the same things as before, the easier the new transition will be.

Read to Them

To help your friend pass their time without dealing with too much boredom, try reading to them. Ask them to pick one of their favorite books and spend a little time each day reading with them. Additionally, consider helping them learn braille. As a way for the blind to read, Braille uses raised characters that you can feel with your fingers. By learning braille with your friend, you can show a great amount of support.

It’s hard to always show someone support when they are going through a difficult time. However, if your friend has recently lost their eyesight, consider using the tips above. To learn more about vision loss or care, contact Precision Vision today!