Cataract Surgery Lens Implants

Cataract surgery today is better than ever. Eye surgeons can improve visual results to give the clearest vision with less dependence on glasses. Dr. Adam Friend is a leading expert in performing cataract surgery that can also get rid of the need for reading glasses (presbyopia) and astigmatism.

Cataract Surgery Intraocular Lens Types

There are many intraocular lens types available in the market. You and your surgeon can decide which is the best IOL for you based on your eye health, lifestyle and vision preferences. Here are some options when you choose to have your aged natural lens replaced after cataract surgery.

The latest technological breakthroughs for cataract surgery allow patients to get greater freedom from glasses than ever before. Multifocal IOLs have tiny ridges on their surface that break up light as it passes through, focusing at distance and near. Accommodative IOLs have joints that allow the eye’s ciliary muscles to flex the lens, restoring the ability to focus at different distances.

Presbyopia Correction

Presbyopia is caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.  People with presbyopia lose the ability to focus up close and require reading glasses to function.

Up until a few years ago, patients who had cataract surgery loved their improved distance vision, but still suffered from presbyopia. Now, there are several new lens implants that overcome presbyopia. Here are some of your IOL options:

Presbyopia Correct IOL

 AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL

The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL by Alcon gives patients the full range of quality vision. In clinical trials, 80 percent of patients reported never wearing bifocals or reading glasses after bilateral cataract surgery.

Tecnis Multifocal IOL

The Tecnis Multifocal IOL by Abbott gives patients excellent distance and near vision. Another hallmark of this lens implant is its excellent performance in patients who need to read in low-light conditions (i.e. reading a menu at some restaurants).


The Crystalens® by Bausch + Lomb is the first and only FDA-approved accommodating IOL. It gives patients great visual clarity, particularly at distance and intermediate (computer) distances. The advantages of Crystalens® also include being compatible with imperfections of the cornea and macula as well as giving patients outstanding night vision.

Unfortunately, multifocal IOLs like ReSTOR and Tecnis are not designed for everybody. These lenses cannot be used in patients who have large amounts of astigmatism, as well as certain diseases of the macula and cornea. They are also not ideal for certain professions and hobbies that require perfect night vision. Crystalens also cannot be used in patients with large amounts of astigmatism. In addition, in some patients, eyeglasses are needed to see small print clearly.

Astigmatism Correction

Toric IOL

The latest development for lens implants is designed to cure astigmatism. The AcrySof Toric IOL reduces or eliminates the need for distance glasses after cataract surgery by treating astigmatism. Before this invention, patients with astigmatism would experience greatly improved vision after cataract surgery, but would still need to wear distance glasses in order to see their best. The Toric IOL brings the same astigmatism correction into the implant, making it much less likely after surgery that a patient would need that correction in glasses.

Aspheric IOL

If you have a cataract but are not a candidate for any of these lens implants, you will still get tremendous improvement in your vision with the latest technology. Dr. Friend uses Bausch + Lomb enVista (a new Glistening-free, hydrophobic acrylic IOL), Alcon AcrySof IQ and Tecnis Aspheric IOLs, both of which reduce spherical aberration to give patients the best night and low-light vision.

Trusted for over 50 years, Eye Care Associates of New Jersey provides the best possible treatment specifically designed for you so you can see  better. And feel better. Using state-of-the-art technology and 100% customized approach, we will help you regain your vision in no time. Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Friend at (201) 797-5100.

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