What are the different types of lens implant?

Lens implants have been around for over 65 years (world’s first lens implant was done at St. Thomas’ Hospital in 1950).

Intraocular lenses are made up of soft plastic. Unlike the contact lenses these do not need to be replaced regularly as they sit inside the eye in place of the natural lens that is removed at the time of the cataract surgery.

Depending on the ability to focus there are mainly three types of implant.

Monofocal lenses– These can only focus at a certain distance- far distance or near or intermediate depending on the lens power that is chosen.

These are standard lenses that have been around the longest and have good track record.

Toric lenses– these can be used to reduce the astigmatism (i.e. if the shape of the front of the eye is like a rugby ball rather than a football) of the eye.

Multifocal lenses– these are lenses that can focus at different distances i.e. for distance and near thereby reducing the dependence on glasses after the surgery.

Toric and multifocal lenses are premium lenses that are not routinely available on the NHS.

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