The old stigma of being diagnosed with cataracts has been transformed through technology into some pretty exciting choices! Lens implants are placed in the eye after the eye’s now-foggy natural crystalline lens is removed because of a cataract. At the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, we offer several lens options to meet your overall vision goals and lifestyle after cataract surgery:
- Monofocal Lens
- Multifocal Lens
- Toric Lens
What is it? The Monofocal lens provides a single focal point designed to promote clear distance vision. This means you will be able to see objects far away and will most likely need glasses for reading and any type of close detailed work.
Who is it perfect for? This lens option is perfect for people who don’t mind wearing reading glasses or bifocals.
Multifocal (Presbyopia-Correcting) Lens
- Most people over age 50 lose their ability to read without glasses due to presbyopia. There are several options for Multifocal Lenses that now make it possible to regain the clear close-up vision you may have had when you were younger.
- What is it: Multifocal Lenses have multiple focal points, designed to replace the natural lens affected by the cataract and correct presbyopia (the ability to focus up close) in order to provide a full range of vision; near, far and in-between. The Multifocal Lens design also offers enhanced image quality.
- Who is it perfect for: Multifocal lenses are perfect for people who have a desire to be free from reading glasses.
- If you are diagnosed with cataracts and are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for the Multifocal Lens:
- Difficulty reading
- Challenges seeing close objects
- Difficulty seeing to drive, especially at night
- Changing glasses prescriptions
- Needing bifocals
Types of Multifocal Lenses
We offer a variety of Multifocal lenses to meet the unique vision needs of our vastly different patients. The best way to know which one is right for you is by scheduling a Cataract Evaluation with our team. Our cataract doctors will assess your eye health and your vision goals in order to recommend the best option. RESTOR® LENS
- What is it? The AcrySof ReStor® lens is an advanced technology lens which may allow patients to see at all distances without glasses.
- Who is it perfect for? ReStor® Intraocular Lenses are perfect for people who want to read text messages/menus/books, work on a computer, watch television, drive, and more without lenses.
- What is it? The Crystalens is the first and only FDA-approved accommodating Intraocular Lens. Crystalens was modeled after the human eye. Like the eye’s natural lens, it uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate back and forth as you constantly change focus on images at all distances around you.
- Who is it perfect for? The Crystalens is a great fit for people who want the ability to perform most of their daily tasks without the need for glasses.
- What is it? The Tecnis lens accommodates all distances and at all light levels, reducing the occurrence of poor night vision. Tecnis also reduces the appearance of halos or glares, side effects that are common with other post-cataract surgery multifocal lens implants.
Who is it perfect for? The Tecnis lens is a great fit for cataract surgery patients that have difficulty reading or seeing objects up close and who wear bifocals.
Toric (Astigmatism-Correcting) Lens
- What is it? Toric lenses can correct astigmatism which is a condition where the cornea is warped so light rays entering the eye cannot focus on one spot of the retina. This results in distorted, blurry or even double vision. Toric lenses have a single focal point to provide distance vision and enhanced image quality.
- Who is it perfect for? Toric lenses can help people with astigmatism improve their vision distance. These patients may still need reading glasses after surgery.
More About Astigmatism
- Correcting astigmatism is considered an elective procedure by Medicare/private insurance because there is no disease or emergency condition that requires it to be corrected.
- When correction is elected, astigmatism reduction represents a goal rather than a guarantee; there is always a slight risk of over/under correction.
- There are other ways to correct astigmatism in conjunction with cataract removal/lens implantation (all require some out-of-pocket expense to the patient)
Limbal Relaxing Incision (LRI)
What is it? This is a procedure where the surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea at the time of the cataract surgery to help the cornea become more spherical in shape. Traditionally this was done by hand; with the Eye Center of Northern Colorado’s advanced LenSx technology, we use customized measurements and a laser to make the incision. Using this technology, you can expect more consistent and precise results. The LRI works well with mild to moderate amounts of astigmatism. The risks of this procedure are the same as those associated with cataract surgery, and no additional medications or postoperative care is needed beyond what is normally required with cataract surgery.
Who is it perfect for? LRI can help people with astigmatism improve their distance vision. These patients may still need reading glasses after surgery.
Prescription Glasses after Cataract Surgery?
Yes, in some cases corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses can be worn following cataract surgery to correct excess astigmatism to allow for best-corrected vision.
Medicare and private insurance commonly cover the cost of cataract surgery and a standard Monofocal Lens. Out-of-pocket fees apply to all upgraded lens designs and secondary surgical procedures: Multifocal, Toric, LRI.
While there is an out of pocket fee (above and beyond Medicare/private insurance coverage) for Premium Lenses, Toric Lenses and surgical alternatives (LRI/LASIK) for correcting pre-existing astigmatism, they offer significant visual benefits over the Monofocal Lens.
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To learn more about the IOL options we offer for cataract surgery, contact us today at (970) 221-2222 to schedule a Cataract Consultation.