Quality of life depends on maintaining good vision. Careful discussions will help sort through lens implant options.

So Many Options

Special custom lens implants.  When considering cataract surgery, good candidates for special custom lens implants are patients who are highly motivated to be functionally free of glasses for reading, computer work and driving. A multifocal lens compensates for the eye’s inability to change shape by allowing the eye to see at distance and near simultaneously through the same optic.  A good candidate has realistic expectations and understands that these lenses, while most effective, are not the same as the natural lens of a young person.

To help you prepare for your discussion with your surgeon the following categories of lens implants are presented with links to the specific lens implant patient education page.

A standard lens is designed to give you vision at one focal point.  Most patients who choose a standard lens will have great vision for distance, but will require glasses for reading up close or even on a computer.  This is considered a medically necessary procedure and is most commonly covered by your insurance company.  Most commonly used, Tecnis IOL

Monovision.  A few patients ask their surgeon to choose a standard lens correction with a target for one eye’s vision set for near and the other for distance vision.  This is called “mono-vision”: One eye sees in the distance and one eye sees up close.  When both eyes work together the brain decides which eye to pay attention to.  This option is not for everyone. Those who have used contact lenses successfully with mono vision might be a happy candidate for this option, and those who have never heard of mono-vision would probably pass on this plan. Most commonly used, Tecnis IOL

Multifocal Lens.  The advanced TECNIS® Multifocal is an implantable lens that restores vision after cataract surgery and corrects presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). It offers an excellent chance to become spectacle independent.

While most insurance companies will pay for the standard lens and will pay this portion for all patients no matter what lens is chosen, the multifocal patient will pay an additional fee for the presbyopia correcting function of the premium lens package.  Tecnis Multifocal

Presbyopia Correcting Lens.  The unique Crystalens is designed to allow you to enjoy a fuller, more natural range of vision for most activities, including: reading a book, working on the computer, and driving a car.

Crystalens was modeled after the human eye. Like the natural lens, it is a lens implant that uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects in the environment at all distances. Crystalens dynamically adjusts to your visual needs.  Crystalens AO

Astigmatism Correcting Lens.  Today’s advances in medical technology allow eye surgeons to correct both cataracts and astigmatism at the same time. In many cases, this may reduce the need for eyeglasses. However, it is important to understand that since everyone’s vision, expectations, and lifestyles differ, it is difficult to determine how much you will be dependent on glasses after surgery.  This discussion can take place with your surgeon. Trulign Toric,  AMO Toric Lens, AcrySof Toric Lens

For more information visit our website or call us at 800.755.3937.A comprehensive evaluation for cataract surgery now takes up to 2 hours.  It is time well spent when so many options for your future may be explored in light of your daily activities, your general health, the health and uniqueness of your eye anatomy and best of all building a relationship with your surgeon.

Please let us know if this article has been helpful?

 

The Harman Eye Clinic

903 Medical Center Drive, Arlington WA 98223

360-474-2561  360-435-8595  FAX 360-435-5233

http://www.20Better.com

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