What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cataracts are generally associated with aging, although they may be caused by other factors. They are the result of protein buildup that clouds the lens and leads to blurry vision, difficulty with glare, dulled colors, poor night vision, and often increased nearsightedness (myopia).

During laser cataract surgery the natural lens of the eye is removed and an artificial lens — called an “intraocular lens” or IOL — is inserted into the eye. There are different types of intraocular lenses available.  Your provider will help you determine which is best, based on your post-operative vision goals.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery


IOLs are FDA-approved artificial lenses that are implanted inside the eye to replace the eye’s natural lens when it is removed during cataract surgery. 

There are two main types of IOLs: conventional monofocal IOLs and technologically advanced presbyopia-correcting IOLs.

Monofocal IOLs 

Monofocal IOLs are basic artificial lenses designed to provide sharp vision at one distance, such as far distance. While a standard IOL does treat cataracts and improves distance vision, most patients will still need to rely on glasses to improve near and intermediate vision.

They are usually covered by insurance. 

Presbyopia IOLs 

Presbyopia-correcting IOLs are advanced artificial lenses designed to provide sharp vision at multiple distances—offering an expanded range of vision clarity. At Southeast Eye Specialists, we offer a wide range of premium IOLs that meet the unique needs of each unique patient. Because these lenses can treat cataracts while improving distance, intermediate, and near vision, most patients don’t need to rely on glasses after being treated with a premium IOL. Since they are elective, these lenses may have an associated out-of-pocket cost.

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