Baby boomers are now reaching the age when they are at a significantly greater risk of developing eyesight problems, if they are not experiencing vision loss already. If you are in this generation, you may find yourself experiencing eye health issues such as cataracts or keratoconus. Fortunately, thanks to the impressive advancement in eye surgeries over the past decade, in many circumstances, your vision can be protected and restored.
What Are Specialty Intraocular Lenses?
Intraocular lenses have been used in eye surgeries for many years now. They are lenses that are implanted in the eye in order to replace a lens that has been damaged due to a medical condition, such as a cataract. In the past, these lenses were only available in monofocal varieties. This means that the lens would provide vision at one specific distance: near, intermediate, or distance.
The good news for baby boomers is that there are now specialty lenses available that each has its own benefits. First of all, there are now specialty IOLs available that are multifocal, such as Crystalens. These lenses enable you to focus clearly on items at various distances, while maintaining sharp vision.
Specialty Lenses to Address Astigmatism
There are now toric intraocular lenses available that address the problem of astigmatism. Toric lens implants are typically used for patients that have lenticular astigmatism, which is not caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, but instead by an irregularly shaped natural lens within the eye. This type of astigmatism cannot be corrected by corrective surgery, so it is fortunate that these specialty lenses can be implanted.
Specialty Lenses that Filter Blue Light
Ultraviolet light and high-energy blue light can cause damage to the eye and lead to problems such as age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness. There are now premium intraocular lens implants available that are designed to filter both of these damaging types of light.
Exploring Your Specialty Lens Implant Options
The wide variety of premium and specialty lenses available today should provide a great source of hope for the baby boomer generation. Having this large selection of advanced lens technology makes it possible for an increasing number of specific eye conditions to be treated using lens implants. Individuals should visit their ophthalmologists in order to discuss the specialty lenses that would produce the greatest outcome for their unique circumstance.