Intraocular Lenses in Chicago, IL

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Cataracts and refractive errors can interfere with your vision, making it difficult to focus.

At Wicker Park Eye Center, we offer a wide range of intraocular lenses to replace your crystalline lens and restore clear vision.

So what can an IOL do for me?

Improve Your Vision with Refractive Lens Exchange

ProcedureClearer Vision

Replacing your natural lens with an advanced IOL can provide clearer, sharper vision, especially after cataract surgery.

Reduced Reliance on Glasses or Contacts

Before IOLs, patients had to use thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses after cataract removal. After a refractive lens exchange using premium IOLs, patients can experience a reduced or eliminated need for glasses or contacts.

A Range of Options

With a wide variety of IOLs available, you can choose the option most suited to your needs and lifestyle.

We Have the Right IOL For You

At Wicker Park Eye Center, we offer many intraocular lenses, including:

  • Toric IOLs: Used for astigmatism correction, torics can provide freedom from eyeglasses after cataract surgery.
  • Alcon AcrySof® IOLs: We offer a range of AcrySof IQ IOLs, including torics, monofocals, and the ReSTOR® multifocal lens.
  • TECNIS Symfony® IOL: The Symfony lens from Johnson & Johnson can correct astigmatism, as well as age-related farsightedness or presbyopia.
  • TECNIS® Monofocal IOL: The advanced TECNIS lens comes preloaded in the iTEC® delivery system for optimal predictability and functionality.

Our team also uses arcuate relaxing incisions, a means of refining the shape of the corneal surface for enhanced results after treatment.

Candidacy Factors

ProcedureWhile intraocular lenses can provide benefits for many patients, there are certain conditions that may disqualify you, such as Fuchs' Dystrophy and other issues. Other factors that can affect your candidacy include:

Dry Eye

Issues with dry eye can interfere with your ability to safely undergo refractive lens exchange. We provide a range of dry eye treatments to help restore your candidacy.

Macular Degeneration

For patients with advanced macular degeneration, implanting an IOL may make their vision worse. Our team can recommend alternatives for patients with AMD.

Previous Refractive Surgeries

If you have already undergone refractive surgery, such as LASIK or PRK, you are unlikely to get the results you want with an IOL.


In the early stages, patients with glaucoma can still benefit from an IOL. However, if your glaucoma is poorly controlled or you have already undergone glaucoma surgery, refractive lens exchange may not work for you.

You can discuss your options with our team during your initial consultation. We can determine the best treatment option for improving your vision.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange typically occurs during cataract surgery. However, some patients choose to undergo IOL refractive surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Before the procedure, we will take measurements of your eye to determine which IOL is right for you.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Sedation and Anesthesia

Your doctor will numb your eye. We can also provide you with sedation to help you relax.


Your doctor will create one to three tiny incisions in your cornea to access your lenses.

Lens Removal

We can use advanced tools to soften or break up your lens before removing it.

Lens Replacement

Your doctor will place the IOL.

Completing the Procedure

No sutures are necessary after surgery. You will need someone to drive you home.

The majority of patients are satisfied with their results.

97% of patients who received intraocular lenses were satisfied with their outcomes.

*According to a study by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Each Patient Is Unique, But Recovery Takes About Eight Weeks

For most patients, it takes about eight weeks to fully heal after refractive lens exchange. While you recover, you should:

  • Keep your eye covered, even while you sleep
  • Avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your eye
  • Use all medication provided by your doctor
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise

We will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your eyes as they heal. Our team will also monitor you as you heal to make sure there are no complications.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.