Advanced Technology IOLs

When you've made the decision to go through cataract surgery with your eye doctor you will have a series of choices to make related to the type of artificial lens implant you will have. Until recently everyone who had the surgery received a monofocal lens implant. This lens enabled for vision of one distance, typically, distance far away. With new innovations a better lens is now available.

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Advanced Technology IOLs come in various types:

  • Multifocal
  • Toric
  • Accomodating

These lenses may even give you the chance of living the remainder of life glasses free! Your eye doctor will work with you to determine the right lens for your eyes. If a advanced technology IOLs is suitable and the chances of success are good you can explore this path. Advanced technology IOLs typically cost extra that Medicare does not cover. If you want to be glasses free, than perhaps paying a little extra money makes sense.

Multifocal lens implants are lenses with multiple focal points, designed to replace cataracts and correct presbyopia in order to provide a full range of vision, for all kinds of vision. At the same time these lenses offer enhanced image quality at all distances.

Toric Lens Implants are astigmatism correcting Monofocal Lens implants. This is a lens with a single focal point. It is designed to correct for cataracts and pre-existing astigmatism. These lenses will provide distance vision. Glasses will still be required for near vision activities such as reading.

Accommodating lens implants are advanced technology IOLs that contain a hinge that allows for both near and far vision. The hinge helps mimick the natural lens by moving inside the eye to accommodate. The Crystalens (Bausch & Lomb) currently is the only FDA approved intraocular lens (IOL) that uses a method called accommodation.

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