A wide range of replacement lenses are available to cataract patients, each offering different advantages for post-surgery vision. The most effective lens to use depends on the patient’s individual preferences and goals for their vision. The lenses eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery, providing most patients with convenient, effective results for their specific vision conditions.
These choices were not always available for cataract patients. In the past, cataract surgery only involved monofocal lenses, which could only focus on objects near or far, but could not allow clear vision at varying distances. These patients still had to rely on glasses or contact lenses after surgery in order to see clearly at all distances
Lifestyle Lens options are considered premium services and not covered by most insurance plans.
Multifocal IntraOcular Lens (IOL)
Multifocal IOLs increase the range of vision correction at near, intermediate and far distances, reducing dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses for most patients. Some Multifocal IOLs can also correct astigmatism. The procedure to implant a multifocal IOL is performed at the conclusion of cataract surgery.
In the past, patients with astigmatism did not have the same opportunities that non-astigmatic cataract patients have had in correcting their condition with the types of IOL lenses that were available. Typically, the astigmatic patient would need an additional surgical procedure, such as refractive surgery or LASIK, to correct their vision after the procedure. If the patient did not want to undergo another surgical procedure, the only option for correction would be the use of either contact lenses or glasses to address their astigmatism.
Toric IOLs are able to accommodate for the condition of astigmatism. Toric IOLs are specially designed to correct astigmatism along with overall vision during cataract surgery, offering complete vision correction at distance.