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Premium Intraocular Lens

Today, thanks to modern medical technology, we can choose from various types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) that are designed to meet both our specific vision and lifestyle needs.

Toric IOLs

While standard IOLs can improve vision by replacing the eye's clouded natural lens, glasses or contacts will still be needed to correct the astigmatism.  That is why your doctor may recommend a TORIC IOL, that not only replaces the eye's natural lens, but also helps to correct astigmatism, at the same time.  

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is shaped like the side of a football and not a basketball.  When light passes through a cornea with astigmatism, the image does not focus sharply on the retina, causing blurred vision.  If you have astigmatism and wish to improve your vision at distance, the Toric lens can provide quality distance vision and decrease you dependency on glasses as compared to standard monofocal lens implants.  The Toric lens will correct both your cataract and astigmatism at the same time.  Reading glasses may be required for near vision tasks.

The Toric IOL is considered a "premium" lens and typically are not covered by insurance companies.  The surgery itself would be covered as it would as a "standard" IOL, however, the additional lens cost, extra testing, office and facility costs are not covered costs and would be the patient's responsibiity.

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Multifocal IOLs

​A multifocal IOL is a presbyopia-correcting lens that is designed to not only correct your cataract but, in most cases, eliminate your dependence for glasses.  This is because a multifocal lens has several different focal regions that allow you to see clearly up close, far away and in-between.  After surgery, you may experience an adjustment period during which you may see rings around lights at night.  This is normal and, as the eye adjusts to the lens over time, the visual impression of these rings typically lessens or goes away. 

​In contrast, a monofocal or Toric lens have only one focal region.  It allows you to see objects far away, but you will continue to need glasses for reading and other up-close activities. 

As with the Toric IOL, the multifocal IOL is considered a "premium" lens and not typically covered by insurance companies.  The patient would be responsible for the additional costs with the multifocal IOL.

Lens Replacement & Your IOL (Intraocular Lens ) Options

Standard

Premium

Premium

Monofocal

Toric

Multifocal

Improved image 

quality

Correct cataracts and treat 

pre-existing astigmatism

See the big picture and the  details

This lens can achieve great distance vision for most patients.  You will generally need glasses for most “near” tasks.

If you have astigmatism and wish to improve your vision at distance, the Toric lens can provide quality distance vision and decrease your dependency on glasses as compared to standard monofocal lens implants.  The Toric lens will correct both your cataract and astigmatism at the same time.

Imagine reading, shopping dining and sightseeing all without depending on the aid of glasses or contact lenses.  With the enhanced Multifocal lens, most patients report great distance, intermediate and near vision.  This is the lens for qualified patients who wish to reclaim their independence from glasses.

At your cataract evaluation visit, Dr. Jeffries will discuss the lens options that are available to you.  It is important to understand that there are no guarantees regarding your outcome when having cataract surgery despite the best techniques and technology available today.  If you have any questions about cataract surgery and/or the lens options available, please feel free to contact our office.  You can also visit www.reclaimyourvision.com to help answer any questions you may have prior to your visit with us. 

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