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Intraocular Lens

Dr. Sheri Rowen - Baltimore Crystalens®, ReSTOR®, and Tecnis® Multifocal Specialist

At our Baltimore Cataract Surgery Office and Cosmetic and Vision Center, we currently offer the most advanced lens implants available today. Dr. Rowen is a highly skilled cataract surgeon and is considered a Baltimore Crystalens®, ReSTOR®, and Tecnis® Multifocal expert. These IOLs are the only ones available that provide the ability to see near and far. Dr. Rowen has helped many Maryland cataract patients to restore the vision of their youth by implanting these new technology lenses that allow patients to focus at all distances.

To find out more about lens implants, contact us at our Baltimore Cataract Surgery and Cosmetic Center. Dr. Sheri Rowen is available to see patients at her office.

On this web page, Dr. Rowen explains what an intraocular lens is, and discusses each of the newest technology IOLs, including Crystalens, ReSTOR, and Tecnis Multifocal lenses.

Intraocular Lenses

Lens implants are currently the only treatment option for patients suffering from cataracts. Standard monofocal lenses have been used for decades to safely replace natural, crystalline lenses clouded by cataracts. However, these traditional lens implants have a significant drawback for patients who experience nearsightedness and farsightedness. Following cataract surgery, these patients still retain standard vision defects that require corrective eyewear.

Multifocal and accommodating lens implants have been successful for correcting cataracts and improving near and far vision. The introduction of the accommodating lens, allows our patients to receive multidi-mensional vision correction at our practice. These accommodating lenses give patients the best possible vision by improving focus at near, far, and intermediate distances.

Crystalens®, ReSTOR®, Tecnis® Multifocal Candidates

These lenses have all been approved by the FDA for the treatment of cataracts. Of the lens implants available at our practice, these are best suited for patients who are seeking improvement in the overall quality of their vision, and would like the opportunity to see well at all ranges without glasses.

The implants can also serve as an excellent alternative to LASIK surgery for patients with moderate to severe hyperopia. Patients who have previously undergone eye surgery may also be candidates for lens implants at our practice. These implants can help to correct vision problems that may have appeared after laser vision.

The implants may also be successful for presbyopia correction. Currently, presbyopia can be treated with Monovision laser vision. Presbyopia (or loss of the ability to see at near range) is generally thought to result from a hardening and loss of elasticity on the lens of the eye; as such, laser surgery to reshape the cornea is not always the best option (for this condition other than monovision). Because the implants have either flexibility or built in multifocality, they can be an excellent alternative for replacing the natural hardening lens.

To find out if you are a candidate for lens implants, visit our practice today.

Crystalens® and Trulign®

These are the accommodating lens implants introduced at our practice. They are used first and foremost for the replacement of cataracts, but have the added bonus of allowing cataract patients to see clearly without glasses for the first time in their life. The Trulign lens can also help with astigmatism correction. While traditional lenses only allow patients to focus on objects at a set distance, this has a special hinge design that lets it move backwards and forwards, allowing the eye to focus at every level of distance, near, far, and intermediate. This procedure is extremely safe, requiring only a small incision near the cornea that will heal on its own after placement of the implant. 

Tecnis® Multifocal

TECNIS Multifocal is a third-generation lens implant designed to provide cataract patients greater independence from glasses and contacts. It has a unique multifocal design that allows it to distribute light over five optic zones, giving patients a range of vision that monofocal lens implants cannot match. At our practice, candidates for lens implants include cataract patients who have had their lens removed and who would benefit from enhanced near vision. It is extremely effective at reducing the need for glasses across a range of distances.

ReSTOR®

ReSTOR is another excellent multifocal lens implant approved for the treatment of cataracts. At our practice, it is an option for patients who wish to eliminate cataracts and also reduce their dependency on glasses. The lens implants can successfully treat presbyopia, and are particularly effective for improving close-up vision. The lenses have an added benefit for non-cataract patients; namely, they eliminate the possibility of cataracts later in life. The lenses are placed in the same manner as lens implants. The natural lens of the eye is removed, just as it is in cataract surgery, and the implant is placed in less than 10 minutes.

To find out which lens implant is right for you, please contact our Baltimore Cataract Surgery and cosmetic and vision center.

Dr. Sheri Rowen is a Baltimore Cataract Surgery Specialist who has helped many Maryland cataract patients to regain their vision. She was one of the first surgeons in Maryland to incorporate the newest technology IOLs into her practice. These new lenses, the Crystalens, ReSTOR, and Tecnis Multifocal, have allowed many patients to see at both near and far, just as they did when they were under 40 years old. To learn more about this exciting vision correction technology, contact Dr. Rowen to schedule an appointment. She is a Baltimore Crystalens, ReSTOR, and Tecnis Multifocal specialist.