Once you’ve decided to move forward with cataract surgery, your eye doctor will go over the different intraocular lens options with you. Our cataract surgeons at Evergreen Eye Center are proud to offer several IOL choices to maximize the success of cataract surgery.
What Are IOLs?
IOL stands for intraocular lens, and it is an artificial lens that is used to replace your clouded natural lens during cataract surgery. This safe procedure can restore your vision and even reduce your dependency on glasses.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of your natural eye is removed and replaced with this permanent IOL that best suits your lifestyle. Your doctor will help you decide which IOL is right for you based on your individual needs. If you play lots of sports, you may want a monofocal IOL that provides you with crisp distance vision. If you choose an option like this, you will likely have to wear glasses for tasks up-close.
Standard lenses used for cataract surgery are monofocal, meaning that they provide crisp vision at one range of vision, whether it be near, distance or intermediate. If you choose a standard monofocal IOL, your vision will be clear at one focus range, but you will still have to wear glasses to see for some activities.
Once your cataract surgeon implants the IOL in your eye, it becomes a permanent part of the eye. Premium IOLs cost more than monofocal lenses, but the advantage of choosing them is that they restore both near and far vision.
What Types of Premium IOLs do the Cataract Surgeons at Evergreen Eye Center Offer?
The cataract surgeons at Evergreen Eye Center are proud to offer many premium IOL options to help accomplish various vision goals.
Multifocal lenses are considered premium IOLs and may not be fully covered by insurance. Most insurance companies cover standard cataract surgery, which involves implanting a monofocal lens.
People who choose the standard monofocal lens will continue to need glasses for certain activities. However, those who choose multifocal or premium lenses often significantly reduce their need to use glasses or contact lenses.
Though results vary from person to person, choosing a premium lens can save you money on supplies and replacement glasses over the years. There are many different types of multifocal IOLs, and your eye doctor will help you choose the one that best fits your lifestyle and hobbies.
Light Adjustable IOLs
Another alternative to a traditional lens implant is the light adjustable lens. This premium lens is state-of-the-art and allows your eye doctor to adjust the lens power to accomplish your desired vision after the procedure.
The light adjustable lens is made of photo-sensitive material which changes shape in response to ultraviolet light. This lens allows you to customize your vision after cataract surgery. The light adjustable lens can provide improved vision at all distances, reducing your need for visual aids after the procedure.
For people with astigmatism, eye doctors often recommend a toric lens implant. A toric IOL is a type of intraocular lens that corrects moderate to high astigmatism. If you choose a standard monofocal IOL, you can get it in a toric model. Many premium multifocal IOLs come in a toric model as well.
If you are interested in learning more about how premium IOLs can improve your quality of life, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor at Evergreen Eye Center. Your eye doctor will examine your eyes and help you determine which options will best accomplish your goals.
Do you want to learn more about what premium IOLs will best fit your lifestyle? Schedule an appointment at Evergreen Eye Center today!