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More Options for Improved Vision after Cataract Surgery with IOLs

Maria Aaron, MDAn intraocular lens, or IOL, is the artificial lens often used to replace the eye’s natural lens when it has been damaged by a cataract. With the advancement of IOLs, Emory Eye Center patients undergoing cataract surgery have many more options and the potential to see without glasses after surgery.

There are two basic types of IOLs: the monofocal lens and the multifocal lens. Monofocal lenses may provide spectacle-free vision at a single focal length, either distance, intermediate, or near, while multifocal lenses have multiple focal lengths and therefore may enable you to see near and distance without the dependence on spectacles. Patients with a significant degree of astigmatism may benefit from toric lenses, which are monofocal IOLs that help correct astigmatism.

Before you have eye surgery, your surgeon will take measurements to help determine the best lens for you. IOL insertion usually takes less than 30 minutes and can be performed while you are under local anesthesia. Recovery time generally takes two to three weeks.

If you’re having cataract surgery, you should remember that the goal of cataract surgery is not to get rid of glasses—it’s to get rid of the cataract. However, for the right patient, it can be an opportunity to reduce dependency on glasses.

The Emory Eye Center is one of the top 15 NIH-funded eye research institutions in the U.S. and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Our researchers are continually pioneering new developments in vision care. Schedule an appointment with the Emory Eye Center, and we’ll help you see your world in a whole new light.

Do you have IOLs? Would you like to share your experience with people who are considering getting them? We welcome your questions and feedback in the comments section below.

Maria Aaron, MD, specializes in cataract surgery, eye trauma, and laser surgery and is board certified in ophthalmology. Dr. Aaron started practicing at Emory in 1999 and is associate professor of ophthalmology.

Video: Dr. Randleman & Daren

Who Is J. Bradley Randleman, MD?

Dr. Randleman of Emory Vision will be performing surgery on Daren Wang, our Live LASIK candidate, so I thought it would be fitting to tell you a bit about Dr. Randleman’s background.

Since practicing and teaching at Emory, he has trained over 50 physicians in refractive surgery, cataract surgery and corneal transplantation. Additionally, he’s authored 50-60 scientific publications, as well as a handful of book chapters on LASIK and various topics in ophthalmology.

Dr. Randleman has contributed over 50 hours of national lectures and presentations, and he’s the Associate Editor of for The Journal of Refractive Surgery.

Recently, Dr. Randleman’s outstanding skills were recognized on a national level when he was awarded the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for his contributions to the field. He was also awarded the prestigious Claes Dohlman Society Award, an honor that is bestowed in the US only once a year to an individual who demonstrates academic and surgical excellence in Cornea and Refractive Surgery training.

Over the span of his career, Dr. Randleman has performed thousands of LASIK procedures. Despite his busy schedule, he always makes a point to meet with his patients personally to analyze their vision and the health of their corneas.

Outside of Opthalmology, Dr. Randleman’s passions include photography and traveling the world.

We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Randleman on the Emory Vision team. Sufficed to say, Daren Wang is in extraordinarily capable hands!

In the near future, I’ll devote a blog post to John Kim, MD, and Maria Woodward, MD—two equally talented physicians that complete our Emory Vision team.