What are the advantages and disadvantages of intraocular lens implants?
Intraocular lenses have the potential to reduce the magnification and optical distortion often associated with other methods of restoring focusing power, such as glasses. Intraocular lenses are permanent replacements for the natural lens and, therefore, require less maintenance than contact lenses. Children may prefer an intraocular lens implant because it gives them more freedom to pursue normal childhood activities without the worry of dislodging or losing a contact lens. Intraocular lenses are not recommended in children under two to three years of age because lens power changes rapidly in early infancy, which would require repeating the surgery. Intraocular lenses are considered in older children because lens power has usually stabilized by age two. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and some special considerations associated with intraocular lens implantation. Major complications are rare. Your doctor will discuss with you any risks or complications that could oc