Once you have made the decision to undergo cataract surgery with your eye doctor you will have a series of decisions to make related to the type of artificial lens implant you will have. Up until recently everyone who had cataract surgery received a monofocal lens implant. This lens enabled vision of one distance, typically far away. With new innovations, a better lens is now available. Are you seeking cataract surgery in the Northshore area? These lenses are referred to as premium lenses and come in various formats or types.
Some of these lenses may even provide the chance of living the remainder of life glasses-free! You and your eye doctor will work together to determine the right lens for your eyes. If a premium lens implant is suitable and the chance of success is good you can explore this path. Premium lenses typically come with an extra cost that Medicare does not cover.
Multifocal lens implants are lenses with multiple points of focus, designed to replace cataracts and provide a full range of vision including distance, intermediate, and near.
Accommodating lens implants are premium lenses that contain a hinge that allows for both near and far vision. The hinge helps mimic the natural lens by moving inside the eye to accommodate. The Crystalens (Bausch & Lomb) currently is the only FDA approved intraocular lens (IOL) that uses a method called accommodation.
Toric Lens Implants are astigmatism correcting Monofocal Lens implants. This is a lens with a single focal point designed to replace the cataract and correct pre-existing astigmatism. These lenses will provide distance vision while glasses will be required for near vision activities such as reading.