Lens Implants

Ophthalmologist located in Sacramento, CA

Lens implants can significantly improve your visual acuity and correct common vision problems, such as astigmatism. Barbara J. Arnold, MD, creates custom-fitted lenses to replace your eye’s original lens and enhance its function, allowing you to see more vividly and clearly. Call the Sacramento, California, office today or book online through the reservation portal to schedule an appointment.

What are lens implants?

Lens implants, also known as intraocular lenses (IOLs), are artificial lenses that can replace your eye’s natural lens. Physicians commonly use lens implants to treat cataracts and improve vision. The implants are made from biocompatible materials, such as silicone or acrylic, and are designed to mimic the natural lens’s shape and function. 

Lens implants can be customized to match your individual needs, such as correcting farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism. Dr. Arnold inserts the implants into the eye through a small incision, typically requiring only a short recovery period.

Why should I get lens implants?

Lens implants can offer several to people with cataracts or other vision problems. One primary advantage of lens implants is that they can replace the eye’s cloudy or damaged natural lens, improving vision and potentially eliminating the need for glasses or contacts. 

Lens implants also come in various types, including multifocal and toric lenses, which can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Additionally, implanting the lens is typically safe and relatively quick, with many patients experiencing improved vision within just a few days.

How does a YAG laser capsulotomy improve lens implants?

After undergoing lens implant surgery, some patients may experience a cloudy membrane that can affect their vision. This condition is called posterior capsule opacification (PCO) or secondary cataract. A YAG laser capsulotomy is a quick, noninvasive procedure that can improve this condition. 

During the procedure, Dr. Arnold uses a laser to create a small opening in the cloudy membrane, restoring clear vision. The procedure is safe and effective, and most patients experience immediate improvement in their vision.

Does recovery from lens implants take a long time?

After a lens implant surgery, you may experience mild discomfort and blurry vision for a few days. Eye drops and medications can help alleviate any pain and prevent infection. It’s recommended to avoid strenuous activities and rest for the first few days following surgery. 

Full recovery can take up to 4-6 weeks, during which you should avoid rubbing your eyes or getting water in them. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor the healing process and ensure that the implanted lenses are functioning properly.

To schedule your follow-up appointment or learn more about lens implants, call Dr. Arnold in Sacramento, California, or book online through the reservation portal.