New IOL's (intraocular lenses) for cataract surgery can protect the eye from UV and blue light that can cause progression of macular degeneration
Lens implant technology evolves rapidly in the area of laser cataract surgery. Pre-Loaded lens implants are a new addition to simplify their use.
Foldable lens implants for laser cataract surgery have advantages involving smaller incisions and astigmatism correction.
Sutured IOL's may be needed in rare instances where a standard lens implant cannot be placed.
The focusing ability of the eye is measured in diopters. Cataract surgeries usually remove the natural lens of the eye and this causes the eye to lose around 18 diopters, which is equivalent to one-third of the eye’s ability to focus. This loss is usually compensated by the cataract surgeon through implantation of an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).