When preparing for cataract surgery, you will need to decide which type of intraocular lens implants (IOL) you want. The most basic is the single IOL which will provide clear vision at one distance, usually being long distance. This would require you to have glasses to correct any near vision problems you may have. You may also need glasses to help focus from near to far vision. If cataract surgery is required, the single IOL will most likely be covered under your health insurance.
If you are looking for a better vision option post cataract surgery, there are several types of multifocal IOLs. These implants are the most advanced technology available, but often are not covered under insurance. These premium IOLs provide patients with increased focus from near, intermediate and far distances. It is not guaranteed you will not need to use glasses after surgery, but in most cases multifocal IOLs can eliminate the need for glasses.
Personalizing your procedure leads to better results and more visual independence for you. If greater freedom from glasses after cataract surgery is appealing to you, ask your Crew & Boss Eye Associates surgeon about our premium lens options.
ReSTORⓇ is another type of multifocal implant that uses diffractive technology to provide patients with increased clarity in vision from near to far and everything in between. The implant splits light entering the eye to focus on those images at different distances. ReSTORⓇ IOLs give patients freedom from glasses and contacts at all distances. ReStor implants are not covered by insurance, and require the patient to pay out-of-pocket.
If you have cataracts and also have astigmatism, new premium lens implants are available to improve your vision, including the astigmatism after surgery. Toric IOLs are specifically designed to reduce or eliminate a preexisting astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light form focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.
Choosing Toric IOLs, with the recommendation of the ophthalmologists at Crew & Boss Eye Associates, could reduce the need for glasses after cataract surgery.