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The IOL Dilemma

We’re going through a golden age of intraocular lenses (IOLs)

with more tools, techniques and options available than ever before.

That means more choices for doctors and better outcomes for patients — but it also means there’s much more for doctors to consider.

Think of it this way — if you went to the shop a few decades ago, your selection of breakfast cereal might have been limited to Corn Flakes or Wheaties.

But now that there are multiple varieties of each breakfast cereal — with or without marshmallows, ลาวสามัคคี

brand name or generic, and so on — it’s hard to blame a person for experiencing a bit of a buyer’s dilemma.

How the heck do I choose what’s right? How can I be sure I’ll like what I get?

If your minutes in the store — and ultimately your dollars — are your “Lucky Charms,” well, the manufacturers are out to get them.

For would-be IOL users, the dilemma can be even more confusing and far more important than choosing a breakfast cereal.

One can perhaps sympathize with someone who just wants to see and is hit

by a barrage of medical terminology they don’t understand — all about something that goes in their eye.

It’s natural for patients to be a bit bewildered by all this information.

This, of course, is where an ophthalmologist comes in. It’s an ophthalmologist’s job to help a patient navigate

the ever-increasing complexity of IOLs and find the solution that’s right for them.

 After all, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all IOL since everyone’s eyes and eye conditions are different.

Perhaps above all, a doctor needs to fully understand their patient’s needs in order to make sure they get the IOL option that suits them best.

That requires a holistic understanding of the patient’s life — not just their eye condition, but their lifestyle, expectations, habits and desires.

Guiding patients to smart IOL decisions The above idea isn’t our own, though we certainly agree with it.

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