Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What Are Premium Intraocular Lenses For Cataract Surgery?

As a patient facing cataract surgery, there are some wonderful options now available to you. Ophthalmic surgeons have been replacing the cataract with intraocular lenses for over twenty-five years. These monofocal lenses have provided excellent distance vision. They do not allow for near vision and patients require prescriptive lenses to see clearly at near.

Today we have many more options. A patient who has a lot of astigmatism and needs his/her cataract removed, has the choice of receiving at the time of surgery, a Toric lens that will correct the astigmatism and will provide excellent distance vision. A prescriptive lens will be needed for near with these intraocular lenses.

Also available over the past few years are intraocular lenses, such as the ReStor lens, the Crystalens, and the new Tecnis multifocal lens, that can provide the patient with both distance and near vision at the same time. It is important to have the same type of lens put in both eyes. In addition, the patient needs to understand that sometimes, there will still be a need for a prescriptive lens to attain the best vision possible.

These premium lenses are not covered by Medicare or other insurances at this time and will be an out of pocket expense for the patient. It is important to discuss your visual needs with your ophthalmologist so the best choice can be made together in regard to your results and expectations.

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Blogger george said...

What if I have different vision in each eye?
Would I have to get different surgeries on each one?

March 9, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Renee Lerner, MD said...

Good morning George,
Since each eye has different corrections, you would most likely need different power intraocular lenses in each eye. This would be part of your pre-operative evaluation with the ophthalmologist. Our goal is to get your near and far vision as close to needing no eyeglass correction as possible. Selecting the correct power intraocular lens is essential in creating these results. This is done by ultrasound measurements of each eye in the office. I hope I have answered your question. If not, I would be happy to clarify my answer.
Renee Lerner, M.D.

March 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM  

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