During cataract surgery your eye's natural lens is removed. This is necessary because the protein build-up on the lens cannot be separated from the lens. After the lens is removed, your cataract surgeon will insert a new lens to restore clear vision. The good news is that the replacement lens options are amazing.

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that provide clarity to your vision. In the past, cataract patients only had one option: monofocal lenses that provided clear vision for one distance only.

Today there are a variety of advanced technology lenses that have advanced features for clear vision at multiple distances.

  • Multifocal IOLs with multiple focusing points to allow for distance and up-close vision
  • Toric IOLs to correct astigmatism as well as nearsightedness and farsightedness
  • Trifocal to correct distance, near & intermediate
  • Monovision distance & near

Advanced Technology lenses can reduce or completely eliminate your need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.

You will make the decision about which IOL to choose during your consultations with your surgeon. The various options will be discussed in detail, allowing you to make the best decision for your lifestyle, vision goals and budget. Most advanced lens option are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance payors.

To learn more about the different types of replacement lenses for cataract surgery, contact us today to schedule a cataract evaluation. You can find out which advanced technology lens might be right for you.



For some patients, the need for cataract surgery can actually be a stroke of good luck because it can mean a reduced dependence on eyeglasses after surgery. Of course, not all cataract patients enjoy clear vision at all distances, but those who choose multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) may end up with better vision than they’ve had in years.

At Palmetto Eye & Laser Center we offer these types of advanced technology lenses to replace the cloudy lens that is removed during cataract surgery. Rather than just providing clear distance vision like monofocal lenses do, multifocal IOLs also correct presbyopia (the need for reading glasses to see things up close).

Permanently implanted into the eye, these prescription lenses focus light from different distances simultaneously to allow for clear vision at all distances. As a result, multifocal advanced technology lenses can reduce or completely eliminate your need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.


Many patients come to Palmetto Eye & Laser Center with not only cataracts but also pre-existing astigmatism, when the curvature of your eye is irregular (with or without nearsightedness and farsightedness). Having worn glasses or contact lenses their entire lives, they are often surprised to learn that having cataract surgery can also correct their astigmatism.

Toric Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are Advanced Technology Lenses that replace the cloudy lens that is removed during cataract surgery. The lens is permanently placed in the exact position in the eye to adjust for the unique shape of your cornea.


PanOptix is the first and only trifocal intraocular lens (IOL) implant that is FDA-Approved in the U.S. It has delivered exceptional results in correcting distance, near and intermediate vision. That means that after surgery, cataract patients may be able to see things like text messages, road signs, restaurant menus, medicine labels, clothing tags, computer screens and televisions more clearly with limited or no need for glasses.


This lens option is great for patients who have worn monovision contact lenses for years. This cataract surgery option corrects your dominate eye for distance and the less dominate eye for near creating the perfect combination of distance and near vision correction.