Cataract Lens Implant Options

Lens Implant Options

When considering cataract surgery, it is important to go to a center that offers several implant options to match your lifestyle. We offer a full menu of lens options to match your lifestyle for distance, intermediate and near vision functioning based on your daily visual needs.

Standard Mono-focal Lens Implants

Standard mono focal lens implants as the name suggests is focusing only at one particular distance and have been used for many years. It is the standard lens that every patient receives and is used to correct vision once your original lens is removed. It is covered by your health insurance and can give excellent post cataract surgery vision to most patients. However it has its limitation and can not correct all of your original eye prescriptions such as astigmatism, distance vision, near vision, and corneal irregularity. Most patients are still dependent on eyeglasses after cataract surgery. It is important that you discuss with your surgeon what distance you would prefer most to be corrected after Standard cataract surgery as this lens can not correct all distances but you can choose either distance or near as your main vision correction but you will not get both. You can also select MONOVISION as your post-cataract vision with one eye more clear for distance and one eye for near. Be mindful that with all this different choices there is no guarantee that you will be completely free of eyeglasses even though a good number of patients do end up not needing glasses at all even with this lens. If you wore corrective lenses before cataract surgery, you will most likely have to wear them after or in some instances you may need glasses after cataract surgery even if you never wore any glasses before surgery due to changes in your eye prescriptions after cataract surgery.

Multi-Focal Lens Implants

A multi-focal lens has the ability to focus at more than one distance, much like bifocal contact lenses. It allows you to see far, near and in between. If you would like the option to reduce your need for glasses after cataract surgery, a multi-focal lens may be your best option. Because of the technologically advanced nature of this lens implant, there is additional cost beyond what your insurance would normally pay. Again this is not a perfect lens in each and every patient's eye but most patients are independent of eye glasses and sometimes there might be a need for glasses for certain activity based on your visual needs. Not all patients are eligible for this lens implants and your surgeon might deem you ineligible for this option.

Toric Lens Implants

Until recently, patients with cataracts and astigmatism were still reliant on glasses and contacts for clearer vision after cataract surgery. Now, new toric lenses treat cataract patients with astigmatism, giving them greater visual freedom. Astigmatism results when the cornea has an irregular shape. Toric lenses are specially designed to help reduce or eliminate astigmatism and provide excellent distance vision. Toric lenses also improve contrast sensitivity in low light situations and improve vision in challenging environments like fog and night glare. This lens do not correct near vision only reduce the need for glasses. Most patients will need glasses but will be less dependent on them as their astigmatism will be reduced and so their dependence on glasses will be diminished but not eliminated. This technologically advance lens option is also not covered by insurances and you will have to pay the extra charge for this option. This option again is not meant for every patient and your surgeon will recommend this option if you are eligible.

In summary what lens implant options will suit your visual needs will depend on affordability, original eye prescriptions and ocular pathology. If you need more information please call or e-mail us.


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