Choosing a Lens Implant for Cataracts

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lens Implants for Cataracts in Boston

Boston eye care patients with cataracts will find that choosing a lens implant for cataract surgery is an important decision. “The decision on exactly how to correct your vision after cataract surgery used to be a decision that was the sole responsibility of your cataract surgeon,” said Francis A. D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D., Massachusetts Ophthalmologist and Medical Director of D'Ambrosio Eye Care. “As more advanced types of lens implant technology became available that could do some extra things for patients, we were able to offer our cataract patients some options for their vision correction,” said Dr. D'Ambrosio, Jr.

“While I had been participating in FDA trials of multifocal lens Implants for cataract surgery some years earlier, beginning around 2005 it became necessary for cataract surgeons to discuss lens implant options with patients so together they could choose the most appropriate lens implant for the lifestyle needs of the patient,” said Dr. D'Ambrosio Jr. “ Only after the cataract evaluation can we make a firm recommendation for each patient because the choice of lens implant really depends on several factors including the patient’s prescription, the overall health of their eyes, whether they have any other health problems such as diabetes and most importantly how they use their eyes throughout their daily routine," he further noted.

A type of lens implant called an aspheric lens implant seems to give the sharpest, most crisp vision-but only corrects distance vision and requires you to wear reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery. This might be fine for a truck driver who needs cataract surgery, but might not be the best choice for a sales clerk who uses his or her eyes at many distances all day. A type of lens implant called a toric lens implant is often selected for cataract patients who have correction their eyeglasses. If you have a toric lens implant to correct your vision after cataract surgery, you will still need to correct you near vision to see up close with reading glasses of some sort. For those patients who do a number of things throughout the day that require seeing far away, at arm’s length-say for the computer and also to see up close, if you are a good candidate, we can offer you a multifocal lens implant that corrects near vision and presbyopia and so it will help you see at a range of distances without being totally dependent on eyeglasses.

Choosing a lens implant is a joint effort between you and your eye surgeon. It is not your decision alone. It’s not like buying a pair of shoes or a car where you can ask your friends for a good “brand” or you can read a brochure or see a TV commercial and then you can choose. It requires the careful evaluation and recommendation of skilled and experienced cataract surgeon to help you make the best choice.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area including Acton, Athol, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Boxborough, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Fitchburg, Gardner, Greenfield, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Milford, Shelburne Falls, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Templeton, Westminster, Westborough, Winchendon and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, treatment of cataracts with cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services.

If you or someone you know has cataracts and need help with cataract surgery and lens implants information, please feel free to call D'Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937. You may also request an appointment at