Count your eyes among many things in life that can seriously improve with age. It's all thanks to a breakthrough new intraocular lens (IOL) called the TECNIS®
Lens that's implanted in the eye during cataract surgery. Cataracts are a clouding of your eye's natural lens that occurs in 50 percent of patients over the age of 65, and 75 percent of patients over age 75. Cataracts may make sharp objects appear blurry; colors look dull, and cause trouble seeing at night. The TECNIS®
lens replaces your eye's natural lens.
Most cataract surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, without requiring an overnight hospital stay. Because local anesthesia is used to numb the area around the eye, you will be mildly awake for the entire operation, although you will experience little or no pain. Modern cataract surgery is 95 percent successful in improving vision. Intraocular lenses (IOLS) are about the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny and weigh about the same amount as a kernel of corn. They are polished to the precise curvature needed to bend light rays into focus on the retina at the back of your eye. The lens itself is made of an inert plastic and can provide good vision for the rest of your life. Many lenses even filter out potentially harmful ultraviolet rays, as well as blue light rays. Some studies indicate that blue light can decrease your risk of developing macular degeneration.