Extended Range Lenses

Clear Vision for far and near

Extended Range Lenses (ERLs) for Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a common treatment in which the clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a lens implant known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Extended Range Lenses (ERLs) are a form of intraocular lens that may give good vision at varied distances, making them a popular choice for patients who wish to lessen their reliance on glasses or contact lenses following cataract surgery.

What are Extended Range Lenses?

Extended range lenses are a specific type of intraocular lens (IOL) that are meant to enable clear vision at a variety of distances in patients that have cataract. Since these patients lost their near vision, it would be ideal if cataract surgery could restore both near and distance vision.

These lenses work best for intermediate (Computer work) and distance vision. Although they also help with near vision, it is not what they do best and it might be better to use multifocal lenses for this purpose. Although they might sometimes be referred to as “multifocal” lenses, this is not an accurate description. Multifocal lenses have a different mechanism of action.

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Your Vision with Cataract

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Your Vision with Monofocal Lens

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Your Vision with Multifocal Lens

Types of Extended Range Lenses

There are several types of extended range lenses available, including:


Accommodating Lenses

Accommodating lenses are meant to change their shape and lens power in reaction to the natural muscles of accommodation in the eyes in order to focus at varying distances, much like the natural lens of the eye. They modify the lens shape using the eye’s natural focusing process, enabling patients to view things at varied distances without the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, this is an aged product and except in specific circumstances, there are better options for vision correction available to patients today.


Extended Depth of Focus Lenses

Extended depth of focus lenses are intended to give clear vision at a variety of distances while having fewer discrete zones of vision correction than multifocal or trifocal lenses. They function by extending the focus range of the lens using a proprietary technology, resulting in a more natural and continuous range of vision correction.


Multifocal Lenses

Dr. Cohen prefers not to classify multifocal lenses under this broader category. But they are mentioned here anyway for purposes of comparison. In short, they correct eyesight in several zones, enabling patients to see well at various distances most often with excellent reading vision. They focus on objects at various distances by utilizing the optical properties of both diffraction and refraction on different sections of the lens.

Benefits of Extended Range Lenses

The main advantage of extended range lenses is that they may give good vision at a variety of distances, decreasing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses. This is especially advantageous for people who have relied on glasses or contact lenses for the most of their lives. As compared to typical monofocal lenses, Extended Range Lenses (ERLs) may also deliver higher visual acuity and overall visual quality.

Risks and Considerations

Although extended range lenses have numerous advantages, they may not be appropriate for all patients. Extended Range Lenses (ERLs) may not be appropriate for patients with certain eye problems, such as severe astigmatism or diseases that affect vision like macular degeneration. Extended Range Lenses (ERLs) may also be more costly than regular monofocal lenses and are generally not fully covered by insurance.

Extended range lenses are also more likely to cause optical side effects such as halos, glare, and decreased contrast sensitivity in specific groups of patients. These side effects are more prevalent in the early phases of recovery and may be addressed with adequate follow-up treatment and lens prescription modifications. In rare cases an intraocular lens (IOL) exchange procedure might become necessary.

Choosing the Right Extended Range Lens

The correct extended range lens is determined by a number of criteria, including the patient’s age, lifestyle, eye health, and visual demands. Patients may review their choices during their consultation with their surgeon and choose the lens that is most suited to their requirements. Reasonable expectations, your surgeons’ experience with a wide range of lenses and a detailed discussion about the benefits and the risks will result in happy outcomes.

Extended range lenses are an excellent option for patients who want to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses

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