Intraocular Lens West Springfield MA | IOL | Lens Replacement Surgery (2023)

Intraocular Lens West Springfield MA | IOL | Lens Replacement Surgery (1)

When a cataract-clouded natural lens is removed from your eye, it needs to be replaced. The replacement lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL). It is an artificial lens that is implanted inside the eye permanently. The FDA first approved the use of intraocular lenses for cataract replacement in the early 1980s. In the decades since, the team at Eye & Lasik Center has been proud to offer a wide variety of intraocular lenses in West Springfield, MA.

If I Have Cataracts, Do I Have to Get an Intraocular Lens?

There is no cure for cataracts. The only treatment is the removal of the cataract-clouded natural lens, replacing it with an artificial IOL. If cataracts are not surgically treated, the cloudiness will continue to progress until the eye eventually becomes legally blind. There’s no reason to avoid this surgery. It is incredibly fast, incredibly successful, and returns crystal clear vision to the patient.

Benefits of IOLs?

What is the benefit of having crystal clear vision, free from the increasing cloudiness caused by cataracts? Patients usually don’t realize how much their developing cataract has impacted their vision quality. Because the clouding in the lens develops slowly, the patient doesn’t sense the quality deterioration until it gets to the point where night driving and such is impacted. Today’s choices of IOLs allow you to, basically, choose how good you want your vision to be. You can opt to have clear vision at all distances with the new multi-focal IOLs. Or you can correct for either distance or up close vision, and use eyeglasses for the other. Today’s IOLs can even adjust for astigmatism and improve the refractive errors of near- and farsightedness.

What Are Multifocal IOLs?

Multifocal IOLs correct the full range of vision. Previous lens replacement technologies provided only one improved focal point, distance. This left people dependent on readers or bifocals after cataract surgery. Furthermore, in the past, those who were not yet cataract surgery candidates had no good alternatives for readers, bifocals, or trifocals. Recent advances in lens technology now make it possible to improve vision at all ranges, near through distance, with increased freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Our doctors are proud to offer the most advanced multifocal and accommodating IOLs to give our patients the best possible vision.

How Do I Know Which IOL Would Be Right for Me?

You’ll choose the type of IOL you want implanted prior to your procedure. Your Eye & LASIK doctor will discuss with you the pros and cons of the different lens options. Cost may be a factor, although paying a little more for the latest multifocal lenses is probably worth it over the long run, as they allow clear vision at all ranges of distance. Otherwise, if you’re OK using reading glasses for up-close vision, you may opt for a monofocal lens that provides crystal clear distance vision. This will be a less expensive option.

(Video) Rollin Toric IOL implant with Cataract surgery by Dr. John Frangie, M.D. in West Springfield, MA.

This is an important decision. You can start with the information on our page here, but it behooves you to also do research on your own into the IOL options.

Advanced Lens Implants for Cataracts

Intraocular Lens Types Available in West Springfield, MA

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During your visit, our doctors will consider all aspects of your eye health, as well as your lifestyle, personality, and expectations. For example, how much reading or computer work do you do? And what do you hope to achieve? From what they learn, our doctors will discuss all of your options and recommend the IOL that is best for you.

Advanced cataract lens implants restore fuller-range vision after cataract surgery. Lenses suchasReSTOR,CrystalensandTecniscan deliver clear vision – near through far – without glasses. AndToriclens implants correct astigmatism and sharpen distance vision, freeing you to spend more of your day without glasses.

Tecnis® Multifocal IOL in West Springfield, MA

The Tecnis lens is a multifocal lens proven to provide excellent vision at all distances, under all lighting conditions – day and night. For example, if you play golf, you may be able to see where your drive lands, sink your putt, and write down the score without wearing glasses!

Nine out of ten patients enjoy freedom from glasses after receiving the Tecnis multifocal lens.

(Video) Post op Cataract Surgery with a Toric Lens implant with Dr. John Frangie in West Springfield, MA

Tecnis® Candidates

The Tecnis lens is ideal for those who experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Have difficulty reading
  • Difficulty seeing objects up close
  • Difficulty with driving, especially at night
  • Need for bifocals
  • Frequent changes in their eyeglass prescription

Intraocular Lens West Springfield MA | IOL | Lens Replacement Surgery (3)ReSTOR® Multifocal IOL in West Springfield, MA

The ReSTOR lens is an advanced multifocal IOL that corrects both distance and near vision. The ReSTOR IOL is designed to provide excellent reading vision and a high level of glasses independence.

In a clinical trial, four out of five ReSTOR patients reported never wearing glasses following their procedure.

ReSTOR® Candidates

Anyone who desires multifocal vision without having to use reading glasses or contact lenses may be a candidate. Although the ReSTOR lens was originally designed for patients with cataracts, it is not a requirement to qualify. Those with chronic infections, uncontrolled diabetes or other health issues may needto wait until these conditions are under control before undergoing eye surgery.

Intraocular Lens West Springfield MA | IOL | Lens Replacement Surgery (4)Crystalens® IOL in West Springfield, MA

Crystalens is the first and only naturally focusing, or accommodating, vision-correction lens implant. The design of this lens has “hinges” that work with your eyes’ muscles, allowing the lens to shift focus, providing the eye a continuous range of focus.

(Video) Marilyn's post op visit with Dr. Frangie in West Springfield, MA

In clinical trials, Crystalens patients had excellent distance and intermediate vision (24” to 32”) without glasses.

Monovision IOL in West Springfield, MA

With Monovision, patients can improve their range of vision when they combine monofocal IOLs. One eye will provide distance vision while the other provides near vision. However, not everyone can adapt comfortably to this method as the eyes are less balanced.

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Is Lens Replacement Surgery Performed At A Hospital?

Our surgeons perform the lens replacement surgery at an outpatient or hospital facility. The patient should plan to be at the surgery center for around 2-3 hours.

Preparing for IOL Surgery

To help prevent infection and help the eye heal, your doctor will prescribe antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and steroid eye drops. In some cases, the doctor will prescribe additional medication to help control eye pressure or other conditions.

How Soon After My Cataract Surgery Will I See Clearly?

After your surgery, your vision will be blurry at first, but it rapidly improves in the first day or two and you will be able to notice an immediate improvement in your vision. Most patients can return to their normal activities the very next day. Full healing can take up to two months, but your vision should be clear within a week or two.

(Video) Deanna one day after her cataract surgery at NorthEast Laser in West Springfield with Dr. Frangie

What Will My Recovery Be like After Cataract Surgery?

Believe it or not, this incredible surgery takes just 5-10 minutes! Afterward, we’ll place an eye patch on your treated eye. We give you a protective shield that you will wear when sleeping for the first several days of your recovery. Your vision will be blurry at first. This begins to rapidly improve in just the first couple of days. Your eye may itch somewhat, but, obviously, you must not rub or touch the area. Heavy lifting, bending over, and other actions that create pressure on your eyes must be completely avoided. We provide you with eye drops that prevent inflammation and infection. They also control the pressure inside your eye when healing.

Full healing can take up to two months, but you can return to normal activity in just a few days. You may or may not require glasses for some tasks after your surgery. This depends on the IOL you selected. If your other eye also has a cataract, we usually schedule the second surgery one to two months after the first.

Are There Any Risks To Lens Replacement After Cataracts?

As with any surgical procedure, there will be risks involved. Some of the risks that come with lens replacement surgery can include:

  • Infection
  • Retinal detachment
  • Increase in eye pressure
  • Reactions to medication
  • Vision changes

Prior to your surgery, our doctors will discuss all these risk and benefits with you. There may also be some side effects, such as redness, scratchiness or sensitivity to light after the procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about intraocular lenses and lens replacement surgery, please call(800) 676-5050orrequest a consultationonline to see if you are a good candidate.


What is the success rate of lens replacement surgery? ›

Lens replacement surgery will correct your presbyopia, in addition to any astigmatism, myopia or hyperopia that you may have. After the surgery, about 90% will not need glasses or contact lenses for any activities.

Can you see immediately after lens replacement surgery? ›

The vast majority of patients experience a significant improvement in their vision within 48 hours after surgery. The time taken for your vision to settle completely is unique to you and does depend on a number of factors, including the type of intraocular lens used during your procedure.

Will I still need glasses after lens replacement? ›

Because most IOLs used in cataract surgery can only provide clear distance or clear near vision, you will need glasses to correct for whatever the lens doesn't provide. Usually, just one lens in your glasses needs to be updated for the eye that was operated on.

How long does it take for vision to stabilize after lens replacement? ›

Depending on the IOL you choose for your cataract surgery, it may take three to six weeks before your vision fully stabilizes.

What can you not do after lens replacement surgery? ›

Do not bend over or do any strenuous activities, such as biking, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise, for 2 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay. Avoid swimming, hot tubs, gardening, and dusting for 1 to 2 weeks. Wear sunglasses on bright days for at least 1 year after surgery.

Is lens replacement a good idea? ›

Lens replacement surgery is regarded as one of the safest medical procedures that allow patients to get back to normal life within a few days. There might be some minor complications such as redness and itchiness in the eye that can be remedied with additional treatment.

How long does it feel like something is in your eye after cataract surgery? ›

Many people complain that they feel like there is sand in the eye or that the eye feels scratchy after surgery. This is a normal sensation caused by the small incision in your eye, and it should heal within a week or so.

How far can you bend over after cataract surgery? ›

In general, you may bend as low as your hips. Avoid bending so low that your head is below your waist, for about one week, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

Do you have to wear sunglasses indoors after cataract surgery? ›

Yes, after cataract surgery, you need to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. After surgery, your eyes are healing and are more sensitive to the sun's rays than usual.

Can you have lens replacement twice? ›

Our answer is yes. If there is an issue with your IOL, it can be replaced with another one. This usually occurs when the lens does not provide adequate vision correction or causes problems like double vision. However, patients should keep in mind that the need for revision is rare.

How do I know if my lens has moved after cataract surgery? ›

What Are the Symptoms of a Dislocated Lens? The most common symptom of a dislocated intraocular lens implant is sudden, painless blurring of vision in one eye. The vision tends to be very blurry, but not blacked-out. Sometimes, the lens implant can be seen resting on the surface of the retina when laying on the back.

Why can't you drink water before cataract surgery? ›

So why do you need to fast? Fasting before cataract eye surgery reduces the risk of stomach contents/acid going the wrong way down into your lungs while you are asleep.

When can I sleep on my side after cataract surgery? ›

Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye or even water splashing in your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.

How long do you wear eye shield at night after cataract surgery? ›

take it easy for the first 2 to 3 days. use your eye shield at night for at least a week. take painkillers if you need to. bathe or shower yourself as usual.

What type of people will benefit the most from lens replacement? ›

Lens replacement can be used to correct a wide range of visual errors, including:
  • People with Long-sightedness or hyperopia.
  • People with Short-sightedness or myopia.
  • People with Presbyopia which happens with older age as the lenses become less elastic.
  • People with Astigmatism.
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Is laser eye surgery better than lens replacement? ›

Laser eye surgery is far less invasive and lower risk than lens surgery. In many cases, it's also just as effective at correcting presbyopia. The Presbyond laser blended vision procedure modifies your vision in each eye individually so that you'll be able to see clearly in a full range of distances.

How long before you can wash your hair after cataract surgery? ›

It's usually considered safe to wash your hair 24 hours after you have cataract surgery. However, you should keep your eyes closed and avoid getting any water or shampoo in your eye, and, it's advised that you use a mild or baby shampoo. You should also avoid rubbing your eye.

What is the fastest way to recover from cataract surgery? ›

For a safe and speedy cataract surgery recovery, follow these tips: Don't drive on the first day following surgery. Don't do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye.

How do they keep your head still during cataract surgery? ›

Tape the patient's head to the operating room table before starting the surgery. I use paper tape to gently hold the patient's head in place during the procedure. Place it over the forehead and use a tape that is gentle and will not damage delicate skin.

What is the best position to sleep after cataract surgery? ›

Sleep on your back or on the opposite side of the eye that was operated on to decrease your risk of infection and irritation after surgery. If you turn over in your sleep, your eye shield should help protect your eye from significant damage.

What happens if you lift over 10 lbs after cataract surgery? ›

Don't lift heavy objects for the first two weeks after surgery. Strenuous activity (like lifting something) can increase your eye pressure levels. Elevated intraocular pressure is one of the most frequent complications for patients that have cataract surgery.

Can I watch TV after cataract surgery? ›

Several hours following the surgery, most patients are able to watch some television or look at a computer screen for a short period of time. It's important however that you don't over-exert your eyes during the first 24 hours post-surgery. You can expect to return to most normal activities during the first week.

Can you bend your head down after cataract surgery? ›

Limit Strenuous Activity

“High eye pressure can interfere with the incision before it fully heals,” says Eghrari. “Positions that put your head below your waist, such as bending over, can also increase eye pressure and should be avoided initially after surgery.”

What if I accidentally rub my eye after cataract surgery? ›

Rubbing your eye can lead to bacteria or an infection, and the pressure is also bad for the healing incision. Your eye may itch sometimes, but rubbing it will only make things worse— you must resist the urge! Keeping your eye as clean and clear of contact as possible will lead to faster healing.

Do you keep your clothes on for cataract surgery? ›

Wear warm, comfortable, and practical clothing (avoid high heels) on the day of your surgery. Flat shoes with good, non-slip treading are best. You'll be given a gown to wear over your clothes and will not need to get changed for the procedure.

How close can you see with monofocal IOL? ›

In this study, monofocal IOLs provided useful visual acuity from 1m to farther distances without a drop. In contrast, nearer than 0.8m, visual acuity dropped dramatically.

How long does a lens replacement last? ›

A cataract lens will last a lifetime, and the vast majority of patients do not experience any complications with their lenses after cataract surgery. In fact, the most common post-cataract surgery issue has nothing to do with your lens in particular.

Can cataracts come back after lens replacement? ›

No, cataracts cannot come back after surgery. The artificial intraocular lens cannot grow a cataract. However, after surgery the lens capsule may become cloudy. This can lead to blurry vision, creating symptoms similar to cataracts.

Does lens replacement give you 20 20 vision? ›

Many people assume that cataract surgery will give them "perfect" 20/20 vision, but this isn't always the case. In fact, some people may still need glasses or contacts to see clearly after surgery. But this doesn't mean the procedure isn't worth it!.

Why is my distance vision worse after cataract surgery? ›

It is very common to have blurry or unclear vision in the days and sometimes even weeks after cataract removal. Most of the time, this is caused by normal swelling in the eye which occurs as a part of surgery. Patients with larger, denser and/or firmer cataracts are more likely to experience more inflammation.

How does the new lens stay in your eye after cataract surgery? ›

Most surgeons fold the IOL to fit inside the hole in the capsule and allow the lens to unfold and open, so that it is now larger than the hole through which it was placed into the empty grape skin or capsule. The lens should stay there forever.

How long does it take to get used to new lenses after cataract surgery? ›

We use anti-inflammatory drops for the first four to six weeks just to complete that settling down process, but a little bit of dryness that's quite common after cataract surgery or lens replacement surgery can take about six months to get back to normal.

How long after cataract surgery can you bend over? ›

You should not bend over after cataract surgery for at least 2 weeks. Bending over will place pressure on the eye and this may cause unnecessary complications to your eye. The main complication will be a delay in the healing process. Avoid bending over by following these rules.

Is it better to correct astigmatism with laser surgery or lens replacement? ›

Patients with astigmatism who are over 55 may be better suited to lens exchange surgery, rather than laser eye surgery. During lens exchange or cataract surgery, the eye's natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. Toric lenses are a type of replacement lens that can correct astigmatism.

What is the difference between lens replacement surgery and cataract surgery? ›

The only difference is that cataract surgery is performed mainly to correct blur or light scatter caused by a misty natural lens, whereas RLE is performed to reduce the dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

Does Medicare cover RLE surgery? ›

Does Medicare cover RLE? The answer is no in most cases, but there are some exceptions. Medicare Part B doesn't cover the costs of procedures used to implant premium refractive IOLs. Medicare Part B also only covers services it deems “medically necessary.” For these reasons, Medicare doesn't have to pay for RLE.

How long do Halos last after lens replacement? ›

Glare and halos will generally last for at least two to three weeks, though can often last up to a month or longer.

Will I need glasses after multifocal lens replacement? ›

Multifocal IOLs improve near, intermediate, and far-distance vision, varying with the lens model chosen. In many cases, after having the lenses implanted, people no longer need to wear corrective lenses to see clearly. No upkeep or routine replacement necessary.


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