What are lifestyle lenses?
As you get older, you may develop one or more age-related eye conditions which impact your ability to see clearly. One of the most common conditions experienced by people over the age of 50 is cataracts. As you age, your eye’s lens may become cloudy, preventing it light from focusing properly. In order to restore clear vision, you will need to undergo cataract surgery to remove your eye’s clouded lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
Traditional IOLs were monofocal, which means they could only focus on far-away objects. As a result, many cataract surgery patients still required reading glasses after surgery. However, advances in IOL technology have resulted in IOLs which focus on objects at a variety of distances. These premium IOLs, also referred to as lifestyle lenses, can help you see clearly at all distances (near, intermediate, and far) after cataract surgery, eliminating the need for glasses or contacts following your procedure.
Am I a candidate for lifestyle lenses?
If you are undergoing cataract surgery to replace your eye’s clouded natural lens with an IOL, then you are most likely a candidate for lifestyle lenses. Cataract patients who also suffer from astigmatism are particularly good candidates for lifestyle lenses, since certain premium IOLs are very effective at correcting vision problems associated with astigmatism as well. Health conditions which may impact your ability to heal such as diabetes may rule you out as a candidate for lifestyle lens implants.
The best way to find out whether lifestyle lens implants are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with Eye Care Specialists. Our Northeastern Pennsylvania ophthalmologists will perform a thorough eye examination and recommend the best treatment option based on your unique needs.
Can I still get lifestyle lenses if I have already undergone LASIK?
Yes. The development of cataracts is an age-related condition and is not impacted by undergoing LASIK at a younger age. If your eyes are healthy, you may still be a candidate for lifestyle lenses if you require cataract surgery after receiving LASIK to correct refractive errors in vision.
When can I resume normal activity?
Most patients can resume normal activities, including returning to work, within a few days of their lifestyle lens procedure. However, it is a good idea to wear sunglasses whenever you are outdoors until your eyes have completely healed. After your procedure, our cataract surgeons will give you detailed instructions regarding which activities can be resumed right away and which activities must be avoided until the healing process is complete.
Which lifestyle lens implant is right for me?
There are several lifestyle lens implants available, and they all achieve excellent vision correction results. Our ophthalmologists will recommend the ideal option based on your unique eye care needs.
Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule your lifestyle lens implant consultation. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.