Accommodating intraocular lenses cataract surgery

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These lenses are associated with a high degree of glasses independence in appropriate candidates.That means you may be able to function well without your glasses for many activities compared to individuals with monofocal IOLs.However, you may need to supplement your vision with glasses for certain activities.For example, you may find you are able to drive and see your dashboard, but have difficulty reading your grocery shopping list without glasses.Although it has nothing to do with cataracts, astigmatism can be reduced or nearly eliminated at the same time that cataract surgery is done.

An insured person is entitled to receive these services without charge regardless of the type of facility or setting in which the services are provided.

The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee published a report that identified lenses that do not provide a significant clinical advantage.

For more information, please refer to the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee Recommendation "Intraocular Lenses for the Treatment of Age-Related Cataracts", October 2009, which is available on the ministry website at

The more astigmatism one has, the blurrier the vision is without eyeglasses and there is no advantage to astigmatism because it adds natural blur to every focal distance.

Corrective eyeglasses compensate for this corneal shape to optically correct this blur and to properly focus eyes with astigmatism.

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