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What is a monofocal intraocular lens implant (IOL)?

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This is the most common lens implant. Unlike your natural lens, which can stretch or bend to help your eye focus, this implant stays focused at one fixed distance. If yours focuses at a distance, you might be able to see things far away but need glasses to read or see close up.

From: What Is an Intraocular Lens Implant? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL).”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Astigmatism,” “Facts About Cataract,” Facts About Retinal Detachment.”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Eye Health: Anatomy of the Eye,” “How is Cataract Surgery Performed?”

Prevent Blindness: “Cataract,” “Cataract Surgery,” “Getting Ready for Surgery.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Intraocular Implants (IOLs),” “IOL Implants: Lens,” “New Lens, Same Brain: The Importance of Neuroadaptation,” “What Is Cataract Surgery?”

University of California, Los Angeles, Stein Eye Institute: “Accommodating IOLs,” “Multifocal IOLs.”

University of California, Irvine, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute: “Cataract Surgery.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL).”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Astigmatism,” “Facts About Cataract,” Facts About Retinal Detachment.”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Eye Health: Anatomy of the Eye,” “How is Cataract Surgery Performed?”

Prevent Blindness: “Cataract,” “Cataract Surgery,” “Getting Ready for Surgery.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Intraocular Implants (IOLs),” “IOL Implants: Lens,” “New Lens, Same Brain: The Importance of Neuroadaptation,” “What Is Cataract Surgery?”

University of California, Los Angeles, Stein Eye Institute: “Accommodating IOLs,” “Multifocal IOLs.”

University of California, Irvine, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute: “Cataract Surgery.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 11, 2018

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