Which Intraocular Lens is Right For Me?

Are you about to have cataract surgery? One of the choices you’ll need to make is what kind of intraocular lens you’ll get before cataract surgery.

The intraocular lens (IOL) is an artificial lens that takes over the job of your cloudy natural lens. Having an IOL allows you to see clearly after cataract surgery. IOLs come in a range of sizes and shapes to match the different needs of patients.

Usually, intraocular lenses remain in your eyes permanently. It’s vital to select the right lens, and this is a decision you’ll make with your eye doctor’s recommendation.

When choosing IOLs, it’s important to remember that private insurance and Medicare typically only cover monofocal lenses. If you’re interested in a premium lens, you’ll have to pay out of pocket.

Some of the available options at VisionFirst Eye Center include:

Monofocal Lens

A monofocal lens is a standard IOL that offers vision clarity at only one distance. If you want to see clearly at other distances, you’ll need to use glasses or contact lenses.

Deciding which distance your monofocal IOL corrects for depends on what you do the most with your time.


If you spend a lot of time reading, this is an excellent option

Intermediate distance – Being able to see well at middle ranges is ideal if you spend a lot of time working on the computer

Far Away

Correcting your distance vision is a good idea if you like to golf or spend a great deal of time on activities that require being able to see far away

Toric Lens

Toric IOLs are the only intraocular lens specifically designed for patients with astigmatism. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped, causing blurry vision.

Toric lenses can give patients better eyesight than they ever had before cataracts since the IOL corrects both cataracts and astigmatism. Choosing a toric IOL can reduce dependence on visual aids after having cataract surgery.

Multifocal Lens

Multifocal IOLs are premium lenses that are ideal for patients without other eye conditions. At VisionFirst Eye Center, we offer the following multifocal IOL options:


The Acrysof IQ ReSTOR is a revolutionary multifocal intraocular lens that can offer you a complete range of vision, significantly minimizing your dependence on glasses or contacts.


With the Crystalens multifocal IOL, you can enjoy crisp vision far and away and close-up. If you’re over the age of 40 and have presbyopia, the Crystalens can help you see more sharply.

Presbyopia occurs when the lens loses flexibility, making it harder for your eyes to focus on up-close objects. The Crystalens effectively addresses presbyopia by mimicking how your natural eyes work, moving forward and backward to focus on nearby and distant objects.

TECNIS Multifocal

The TECNIS multifocal IOL utilizes wavefront technology to correct visual distortions that lead to halos and glares. It delivers an excellent full range of high-quality vision up close, far away, and at intermediate distances, even in low light. By choosing the TECNIS multifocal IOL, you’ll considerably reduce your reliance on contact lenses or glasses.


The ReZoom IOL is an exciting lens that provides a full range of vision—far, near, and everything in between by distributing light over its multiple optic zones. The ReZoom intraocular lens aims to reduce or remove your dependence on glasses or contacts.

Attain Greater Visual Freedom

VisionFirst Eye Center provides patients with plenty of options and the most advanced technology available in premium IOLs. Innovations in intraocular lens technology enable you to see better than ever after cataract surgery.

Want to know which IOL is right for you? Schedule a cataract evaluation at VisionFirst Eye Center in Birmingham, AL, to learn more!

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