Cataract Surgery & Premium IOLs
Cataract Surgery & Lens Implantation
Although the formation of a cataract can make activities such as reading and driving difficult, good vision can be safely restored with outpatient cataract surgery. Now, with the development of no-stitch, a small-incision procedure, patients are experiencing a faster recovery.
What Is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is the most common surgery in America. Our physicians remove the cataract through a small incision using an advanced technique known as phacoemulsification. Ultrasound energy is used to break up the cloudy lens material and remove it from the eye. A new plastic lens replaces the clouded one. Usually, this lens will last you the rest of your life. This lens correctly focuses light to the back of the eye. As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur during or after surgery and some are severe enough to limit vision. However, the overwhelming majority of patients are pleased with the improvement of both their vision and quality of life. Out of the one and a half million people who have this procedure every year, 95% have a successful result.
What is an IOL?
An intraocular lens (IOL) is a replacement lens. When your cataract is removed, a new, clear lens is implanted in its place. IOLs are light, flexible, and about the size of an M&M. On either end, there are tiny “arms” that hold the lens in place. Just like a contact or eyeglass lens, your IOL contains a prescription. There is a wide variety of possible options to fit your unique eye and your lifestyle. Your doctor will be happy to discuss the possibilities and answer any questions you have.
Which Lens Is Right For My Eye? Premium IOLs and Other Elite Options
There are 2 types of lenses our surgeons use to correct your vision. A monofocal (or monovision) lens focuses light at either distance or near. The cost of this lens is usually covered by your insurance company. If you have your IOL set for distance vision, you may need to use reading glasses for near objects. On the other hand, if your IOL is set to correct your near vision, glasses for faraway objects might be necessary. However, many patients find that monofocal IOLs improve their vision at most distances, and their use of glasses for sharper sight is infrequent. A multifocal lens, such as Restor, focuses light for improved distance and near vision. 80% of patients with this premiere lens no longer need their glasses at all. Restoration of youthful vision does come at a slightly increased cost. Your physician will help you decide which lens is right for you.