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Lens Options

During cataract surgery your eye’s natural lens is removed. After the lens is removed, your cataract doctor will insert a new lens to restore clear vision. The good news is that your replacement lens options are amazing. Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that provide clarity to your vision. In the past, cataract patients only had one option: monofocal lenses that provided clear vision for one distance only.

Today there are a variety of Lifestyle Lenses that have advanced features for clear vision at multiple distances.

Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOL (TECNIS Symfony® lens)

For continuous, high-quality vision at all distances.

Multifocal IOLs/Trifocal

With multiple focusing points to allow for distance and up-close vision.

Many lifestyle lenses have a toric option which can reduce or completely eliminate your astigmatism after cataract surgery. Lifestyle lenses can reduce or completely eliminate your need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery in Harrisburg.

TECNIS Symfony® IOL: Treat Cataracts & Presbyopia with One Lens


At Schein Ernst Mishra Eye, we are proud to offer our cataract patients the TECNIS Symfony® Extended Range of Vision IOL. Not all practices offer this lens option! This is the first and only extended depth of focus lens that is FDA approved for cataract patients. The Symfony lens can actually address the problem of presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) while also correcting your cataract. The Symfony lens provides continuous, high-quality vision resulting in:

Presbyopia occurs in most people over age 40 and it gets worse as time goes by. It is caused when the eye lens loses flexibility, making it increasingly difficult for the eyes to focus on up close tasks such as reading text messages, labels, books, etc. While reading glasses can help, many people find it frustrating when these vision aids are required to read. The Symfony lens can restore up close visual freedom.  When you doctor removes your natural lens during your cataract surgery, no matter your age, you will typically lose your near vision, unless you have selected a premium IOL to replace your original lens.

Multifocal IOL: Clear Vision at All Distances

For some patients, the need for cataract surgery can actually be a stroke of good luck because it can mean a reduced dependence on eyeglasses after surgery. Of course, not all cataract patients enjoy clear vision at all distances, but those who choose multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) may end up with better vision than they’ve had in years.

At Schein Ernst Mishra Eye we offer these types of Lifestyle Lenses to replace the cloudy lens that is removed during cataract surgery. Rather than just providing clear distance vision like monofocal lenses do, multifocal IOLs also correct presbyopia (the need for reading glasses to see things up close) resulting in:

Permanently implanted into the eye, these prescription lenses focus light from different distances simultaneously to allow for clear vision at all distances. As a result, multifocal Lifestyle lenses can reduce or completely eliminate your need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.

The Choice is Yours

You will be educated on your IOL options during your consultation and exam with a lens counselor prior to seeing the doctor, who will help you make the decision. The various pros and cons of each IOL will be discussed in detail, allowing you to make the best decision for your lifestyle, vision goals and budget. Your doctor can make recommendations for you, but ultimately the choice is yours. You will have adequate time to make your decision on your own time.

To learn more about the different types of replacement lenses for cataract surgery, contact us today to schedule an eye exam. You can find out which Lifestyle Lens might be right for you.

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