Lens Implants

During cataract surgery, an intraocular lens (IOLs) is implanted to replace the natural lens of the eye which is removed with the cataract. Historically, these IOLs were mono-focal, only allowing clear vision at one distance, and glasses were used for other ranges of vision. Today, more than ever, it is important to be informed about your IOL options.

Today’s options include multifocal IOLs, or lenses that allow more than one range of focus. These lenses allow many patients to function without glasses a majority of the time. Additionally, lenses to compensate for pre-existing astigmatism are now available. While not every patient is a good candidate for these new lens types, many patients are, and can benefit from the new technology that is available. Dr. Ballitch can assist you in making the best decision for your individual needs.

Below is a summary of the current IOL types currently available.

New Technology IOL (NTIOL)

Traditionally, mono-focal IOLs are used for cataract surgery. This lens is very effective at restoring visual functions at distance, but you will still require glasses to see at near. This lens option does not provide multiple ranges of vision. This lens type is typically covered by Medicare and commercial insurance.

Astigmatism Correcting Lenses

This option is for those patients with corneal astigmatism (irregular shape of the cornea) prior to surgery. They are similar to monofocal lenses, and provide quality distance vision and less dependence on glasses. Most patients will still need glasses for near. This lens type is not typically covered by insurance.

Multifocal Lenses

This lens type is designed to replace the natural lens of your eye and correct for distance and near at the same time. The goal is to restore a full range of vision, near and distance, with ranges in between. This lens type is not typically covered by insurance.

During your consultation, Dr. Ballitch will discuss with you what IOL options are available for you. The decision to select a premium IOL is personal, and dependent on each patient’s situation. These types of lenses may involve additional expense, and are generally not covered by your insurance plan.

Acrysof® ReSTOR® IOLCataract Patient Brochure

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