Cataract Surgery Premium Lens Implants
While Medicare and private insurance cover the standard lens implants, there are a variety of premium lens implants that are not covered by insurance plans or Medicare and which offer extra benefits that patients may wish to choose for better vision.
Toric Lens Implants
A toric intraocular lens treats both cataracts and astigmatism with one procedure. Typically, patients who undergo cataract surgery receive a monofocal intraocular lens (IOL) that does not correct existing vision problems such as astigmatism. Monofocal IOLs do not correct pre-existing corneal astigmatism. To obtain the highest quality vision, if a patient has astigmatism, astigmatism must also be corrected.
A toric or astigmatism lens corrects preexisting astigmatism by refractive astigmatism reduction which is accomplished by an astigmatism correction in the IOL. During surgery, the IOL must be precisely positioned at the axis of astigmatism in the eye. This is accomplished by externally marking the eye prior to surgery and by using an intraoperative aberrometer to ensure precise implantation of the toric IOL.
TECNIS Toric Patient Education Video 1
Multifocal Intraocular lens implants
If both cataracts and the need for reading glasses impact your life, there are now intraocular lenses (IOLs) available that provide both good distance and near vision. Standard monofocal IOLs typically correct for distance vision and after cataract surgery patients will still require glasses for both intermediate vision tasks like looking at a computer screen or playing cards as well as near vision tasks such as reading a book. Now with new multifocal IOLS, we can customize your vision correction to increase your spectacle independence. Dr. Aizuss uses both the Alcon Acrysof Restor family of multifocal lenses as well as the Abbot Medical Optics Tecnis family of multifocal lenses. Both groups of multifocal lenses now offer a range of vision options that can be personalized to fit your lifestyle and help you see better at a variety of distances and lighting conditions.
Alcon Activefocus Restor 2.5 Multifocal Intraocular Lens
We can mix and match IOLs with different focal points in order to maximize spectacle independence. All multifocal lenses can result in noticeably more halos (rings of light around a light source) or reduced contrast sensitivity in lower light conditions than monofocal lenses. If these disadvantages outweigh the benefits then you may be better off with a different approach to vision correction combined with your cataract surgery. No matter what type of implant you select, you still may find glasses improve vision comfort for some tasks.
Extended Range of Focus IOL
Extended range of focus lenses is a relatively recent addition to our IOL armamentarium. These lenses are similar to multifocal IOLs in allowing distance activities and reduced dependence on glasses for some near activities. The elongate the focus point of the eye to provide continuous high-quality vision as well as correcting color distortion known as a chromatic aberration to provide sharper vision in different lighting conditions.
Because these IOLs extend the range of focus, they may reduce the frequency of wearing glasses for near or intermediate activity. However, similar to multifocal lenses, they are associated with starburst glare, halos and other visual phenomena when viewing light sources. Some patients may be bothered by these visual phenomena. These lenses are not designed for detailed close work and some patients may prefer low powered over the counter glasses to assist in prolonged reading or fine visual tasks.
Tecnis Symfony Multifocal Lens
The ORA System for Cataract Surgery
Call today for your consultation at (818) 907-1038 or complete a Contact Form here! Dr. David Aizuss from Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley serves Encino, West Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Sherman Hills, and Reseda, CA with cataract lens implants.