Lens Implant Options

Lens implants, or IOLs, are devices that replace the natural lens in the human eye. Technology has improved drastically in recent years, and the possibility for achieving optimal visual outcomes has never been greater.

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There are lenses and techniques available that can correct vision at near, intermediate, and far distances.  Correction of astigmatism is also possible at the time of cataract surgery. The intraocular lens chosen, and technique used by your surgeon will vary depending on the type of visual outcome you are targeting.

Many choose the standard single-focus lens implant. It gives excellent vision and does not involve any extra costs. But if you are highly motivated to be less dependent on glasses and are willing to pay extra for additional care and services, other options are available.

During your visit at Eye Physicians of Northampton, your surgeon will discuss the most appropriate IOL and treatment plan for your eye, and make you aware of the risks, benefits and realistic expectations for your improved eyesight.

Many choose the standard single-focus lens implant. It gives excellent vision and does not involve any extra costs. But if you are highly motivated to be less dependent on glasses and are willing to pay extra for additional care and services, other options are available.

 

Single Focus Lens Implants – For Cataract Free Vision

The single-focus lens implant provides excellent vision at one just one distance. The potential drawback is that glasses are usually required to achieve the full range of vision after surgery. For example, if good distance vision is targeted with a single focus lens implant, glasses will likely be needed to read, sew and use a computer.One advantage of the standard monofocal lens is that it is covered by insurance plans.

Multifocal Lens Implants – For Near, Intermediate and Distance Vision

Multifocal LensIf you are motivated to reduce your dependence on glasses, multifocal lens implants may be for you. Multifocal IOLs are designed to allow you to see more clearly at near, intermediate and far distances. These lenses provide the best results when used in both eyes. Multifocal IOLs are associated with higher out-of-pocket costs than single-focus implants because Medicare and private insurers will not pay the costs of the lens and associated services that exceed the charges for a standard single focus IOL.

However, these lenses can provide freedom to enjoy an active lifestyle by reducing or eliminating the need for glasses.

Lens Implants for Astigmatism – For Distance Vision

Astigmatism is a cause of blurred vision.  The blurred vision is the result of the eye’s cornea having an irregular shape.  A normal eye’s cornea and lens have a circular shape, while an eye with an astigmatism has a longer oval shape.Toric lens implants are designed to correct astigmatism in cataract patients. For cataract patients with astigmatism, a Toric IOL implant can eliminate the need for prescription glasses after surgery, because a Toric IOL has the ability to correct both the cataracts and the astigmatism.