As we age, our vision will begin to deteriorate. Some of this is general wear and tear and just simply getting old. Some of it is driven by the lives we live – always staring at screens and straining our eyes. The great news is that folks who have cataracts or poor vision don’t have to live with it and can find renewed sight with the advent of intraocular lens (IOL) implants.
IOLs replace your natural lenses and they not only have the ability to reduce the need for corrective eyewear, but they can almost entirely restore your vision back to normal. While this is all well and good, people have a plethora of questions and one of those is how long IOLs last. That’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here is what you need to know about the lifespan of an IOL and what it means for you. Let’s jump right in!
Do you need an IOL?
Cataracts generally show themselves in the form of blurry vision and the appearance of halos and glares around light. The good news is your eyesight can be restored with IOL surgery – and it’s one of the safest, most commonly performed procedures in the country.
Although not as common, IOLs can also be used to help correct issues such as astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness making them a powerful way to restore your vision.
Can the lens be removed and replaced?
Once you’ve had the surgery, it can’t be reversed. You can’t put back in your old, natural lens once it’s been removed. But the IOL can be replaced. If for whatever reason there’s an issue with your IOL, it can be replaced. This will only happen if the lens doesn’t correct the issue the way it was originally intended or if there are double vision issues. All of that aside, the need for replacement surgery is extraordinarily rare.
How long do they last?
The quick answer is ‘for the rest of your life.’ They won’t break down and don’t need to be replaced. It is important however, that you follow all of your instructions post-surgery. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and rest, don’t rub or touch your eyes, take your prescribed medicines and wash your hands before using any droplets. In the event you experience any severe pain or substantial loss of vision, be sure you reach out to your doctor.
Hopefully today’s blog gives you a little bit more peace of mind with regards to the benefits of IOLs. Make sure you ask your doctor plenty of questions and learn all that you can. And of course if you have any pressing questions about specific lenses, feel free to reach out. Until then, good luck!