With the development of improved lens implants to replace the natural lens of the eye when it no longer allows for acceptable vision, it is important to pick the lens that's best for you when having cataract surgery. For instance in the effort to see more clearly without the dependence on glasses following surgery more and more people are seeking multifocal or accommadative lenses. These lenses enable people to focus on objects at a distance as well as up close. However, in the presence of other ocular problems such as macular degeneration or glaucoma choosing a multifocal intraocular lens may not be appropriate since these lenses have been shown to decrease contrast sensitivity. With decreased contrast sensitivity it becomes much harder to see things, epecially with poor illumination which could compound a problem that glaucoma patients as well as patients with macular degeneration already face. Certain lenses on the other hand have been shown to be helpful in aiding vision in failing eyes such as aspheric lenses and toric lenses that decrease astigmatism. For those that wish to see better at near as well as far the Crystalens by Bauch and Lomb is the only accommadative lens that is approved on the U.S. market. With its excellent aspherical optic design this could be an excellent lens for people with decreased vision secondary to such diseases as macular degeneration or glaucoma. Of interest North Shore Eye Care has been named a Crystalens Center of Excellence.
At North Shore Eye Care we are available six days a week to discuss your cataract needs and cataract seminars are given on a monthly basis.