If you are suffering from cataracts, you’ve probably realized just how common the condition is. Odds are, you have friends or relatives around your same age who are also dealing with cataracts and the resulting vision impairments. Some may have even undergone surgery to replace the diseased lens of the eye and help correct their eyesight, and now you may be considering doing the same.
From recovery to results to cost, by this point, you have probably heard a lot about what to expect from surgery. However, what you may not have heard are all of your options. Cataract surgery comes with a lot of choices, all of which should be discussed with you by your physician. Among these are whether or not to use laser technology or to take advantage of dropless cataract surgery and, perhaps most importantly, which type of replacement lens will be used.
Cataract lenses come in many different types with varying levels of capabilities, from standard intraocular lenses (IOLs) to those which may also correct nearsightedness or astigmatism. These are known as premium or upgraded lenses, and while they may offer desirable results, they also come with an increased price tag, giving patients much to consider.
Cataract Surgery Lens Options
There are many brands of IOLs available for use in cataract surgery. However, each one will fall into one of four main categories:
- Monofocal IOLs:
- Most commonly used
- Only has one focusing distance. Patients can choose whether their monofocal IOLs focus on objects up close or far away.
- Patients may also choose to have a distance vision monofocal IOL in one eye and a near vision monofocal IOL in the other
- Typically covered by Medicare
- Accommodating and Multifocal IOLs:
- Help you see clearly at all distances without using glasses or contacts.
- Provide better near vision than monofocal IOLs.
- Accommodating lenses are designed with “legs” which allow the IOL to adjust with the eye for clear vision.
- Toric IOLs:
- Help correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
- Usually recommended for those suffering from corneal astigmatism.
Your choice of intraocular lens for your cataract surgery should be a matter of thorough consideration. Speak with your surgeon about which option he believes is best for you, while also taking into account your own thoughts and the associated costs. Premium IOLs are fantastic. However, they are not necessary if you find them to be cost-prohibitive. In the end, no matter which lens you select, you can rest assured that your post-operative vision will be greatly improved.
To learn more about the many cataract lens and surgical options available to you, contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana. We pride ourselves on giving patients all the pertinent details and working together to make the decision that is right for you.