The world may appear blurry and less colourful if you have a cataract. This is because the lens inside your eye, responsible for bending light rays to form a clear image at the back of the eye, has become clouded. An intraocular lens is a small, artificial lens for the eye, to replace the eye's natural lens during cataract surgery.
Types of Intraocular lenses
Monofocal Lenses: This lens is the most commonly used lens in cataract surgery, and enables a patient to focus clearly for medium to long distance objects. Glasses are usually necessary for reading or working on things up close.
Multifocal Lenses: These premium lenses encompass magnification in different parts of the lens to expand your range of vision so you can see objects clearly at all distances without glasses or contact lenses. Multifocal lenses can reduce the need for reading glasses. However, multifocal lenses can result in unwanted visual effects, such as glare, haloes and reduced colour contrast.
Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) Lenses: The newest and probably the best lens option is the recently available Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) intraocular lens. In some ways this is similar to the traditional multifocal lens: EDOF lenses allow a large range of vision for distance and intermediate activities (but glasses still might be required for very close activities and fine print reading). However by their clever design they achieve this without all the visual problems of multifocal lenses – they are as well tolerated as regular intraocular lenses.
A Different Power Intraocular Lens For Each Eye: Some patients prefer one eye focused for distance, the other for near; this reduces the need for reading glasses. It is important to have a trial of this arrangement (eg using contact lenses) prior to surgery. Speak with Dr Skalicky if you are interested in this approach.
Toric Lenses: This type of lens is a premium lens that corrects astigmatism, a refractive error caused by an uneven curve in your cornea or lens. Astigmatism is not an eye disease or eye health problem; it's simply a problem with how the eye focuses light. The toric lens is designed to correct that refractive error. This technique has recently been enhanced further by Computer Assisted Cataract surgery: eye-recognition software to enhance lens positioning for superior outcomes.
Determining the right lens for you
It is important to choose the right lens for you – and this can only be done by thoroughly understanding your options. Dr Skalicky knows that the best outcomes for cataract surgery in melbourne are forged before the operation, through proper consultation and discussion of the intraocular lens choices.
Accreditations & Credentials
Dr Skalicky is an active clinician, surgeon, researcher, teacher, academic and health advocate who has published over 60 articles in international Ophthalmology journals. Known as an Ophthalmologist ahead of the times, Dr Skalicky’s career highlights are exceptional atypical for his age.