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What Are My IOL Options When Having Cataract Surgery?

What Are My IOL Options When Having Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are very common, and so is the surgery used to address them. Cataract surgery involves replacing the clouded lens of the eye with an artificial one. This artificial lens is referred to as an intraocular lens (IOL) and can not only restore cataract-related vision loss but also help with other vision issues, such as astigmatism. Dr. Gabriel Lazcano and Dr. Abraham Awad of Laser Eye Center of Miami discuss the different types of IOLs below.

IOL Options for Cataract Surgery

There are several IOL options available to you for your cataract surgery.


The monofocal lens is one of the most common options for cataract surgery. As the name suggests, monofocal refers to a singular focus. This means it is used to help the patient with only one type of focus: near, distance, or intermediate. Monofocal lenses are also ideal for patients that prefer to have one eye corrected for one type of focus, and the other corrected for another type of focus.


This IOL type is similar in function to bi-focal and tri-focal glasses in that it provides focus for more than one focal point. This lens type is a great choice for providing vision for multiple distances.

Extended depth of focus (EDOF)

EDOF lens provides one corrective zone that is extended to allow for near, intermediate, and distance vision. This gives patients a functional range of vision.


Toric lenses help correct astigmatism and are available in several options, such as EDOF and multifocal varieties. If you are about to undergo cataract surgery and you do not select a toric IOL, you may still need to rely heavily on glasses or contacts after the operation.

IOL Options at Laser Eye Center of Miami

The skilled team at Laser Eye Center of Miami knows that the large range of IOL options can be overwhelming to consider as you are preparing for cataract surgery. The best eye surgeons in Miami will guide you through every step of the process. Call (305) 443-4733 or book an appointment now.