Lens Implant Options
Premium Lens Implants For Cataract Surgery
For those wishing to further reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery, premium lens implants might be a good option for you. When you have cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove your eye’s natural lens, which contains the cataract. This lens is typically replaced with a monofocal lens, which can allow for good vision, but still requires reading glasses to see up close, such as when reading a book. With this standard form of cataract surgery, some patients might also require prescription glasses in order to see well in the distance, especially if the patient has residual astigmatism. With premium lens implants, most patients can do most things, most of the time without glasses. These special implants can allow for good near, intermediate and distance vision. Premium lens implants come in two major designs, accommodative and multifocal.
Premium lenses are considered to be elective and are not covered by medical insurance. During your cataract examination, your surgeon will help you determine if premium lenses are a good fit for your unique vision and lifestyle goals.
LRIs and Toric Lens Implants
Astigmatism is a very common refractive error that is caused from the cornea being asymmetrical, or being more oblong than spherical in shape. This results in double or blurry vision. When undergoing cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove your lens that contains the cataract, resulting in cataract-free vision. Depending on the severity of your residual astigmatism after cataract surgery, you may require glasses to correct your vision in order to see clearly.
For patients that have a mild corneal astigmatism, your surgeon may perform a limbal relaxing incision, or LRI for short. This procedure involves the surgeon using a femtosecond laser or manual blade to create a small micro incision on cornea, helping to alleviate some of the corneal tension that caused the astigmatism.
If you have moderate to severe astigmatism, your surgeon might use a toric lens implant to correct your astigmatism. The special design of the Toric IOL makes it possible to reduce and usually eliminate corneal astigmatism after undergoing cataract surgery. This lens is designed specifically for cataract patients who have astigmatism and usually results in clear distance vision. Reading glasses will still be needed for near and intermediate distances.
Both limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) and toric lens implants are considered to be elective and are not covered by medical insurance. During your cataract examination, your surgeon will help you determine if these options are right for your unique vision.