Cataract Surgery

What are my options for new lenses?

Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs)

Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism? Then lifestyle IOLs may be right for you!

During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens in the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial IOL (intraocular lens). Advances in new lens technology have given The Vision Care Center the opportunity to offer several IOL options to best fit your needs and lifestyle. Your doctor will help you decide which lens is right for you based on physical and personal factors after eye measurements are taken. Not all patients will be candidates for Advanced Lifestyle IOLs. Some personal factors to consider are activities you would like to perform without the need of glasses and specific distances you would prefer to see clearly without glasses. We offer patient financing for your out-of-pocket expenses for any of these options through CareCredit®.

An advanced technology lifestyle intraocular lens (IOL) is a permanent lens placed in the eye following cataract removal or refractive lens exchange, which also corrects your vision. Lifestyle IOLs correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism as needed by the patient. They will greatly reduce your dependency on reading glasses or contact lenses. Experience crystal clear vision with lifestyle IOLs! Ask the team at The Vision Care Center about your options and which one will be best for your unique needs.

Advanced Technology Lifestyle IOLs

The Vision Care Center is proud to offer a selection of lens choices to give a more continuous, full range of high-quality vision. They are designed to give great distance vision and greatly decrease the need for readers. The PanOptix IOL, Vivity IOL, Tecnis Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus IOL and the Crystalens Accommodating IOL are the most commonly used IOLs at The Vision Care Center to achieve spectacle independence.  Compared to multifocal IOLs, they minimize side effects like glare and halos around lights. Multifocal IOLs may give the most range of vision. These advanced technology lenses are not covered by insurance and will require an additional financial contribution by the patient.

Vivity – Made by Alcon, Inc.
PanOptix – Made by Alcon, Inc.
Tecnis Symfony Extended Depth of Focus – made by Johnson & Johnson.
Crystalens – Made by Bausch & Lomb, Inc.

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See how different lens options will work for you.

Lifestyle IOLs for Astigmatism

Standard lens implants are not able to adjust for astigmatism which may also be affecting your vision. IOLs are able to correct astigmatism and give you a better chance of good distance vision without glasses or contacts after surgery. IOLs are not covered by insurance and will require an additional financial contribution by the patient.

Standard Monofocal IOLs

Monofocal IOLs are basic artificial lenses that have only one focusing distance.

The lens can be chosen to focus for up close activities like reading, medium range activities like using a computer, or distance vision activities like driving. Most people who choose a monofocal IOL set for clear distance vision will also need to wear eyeglasses for reading or close-up work. Basic monofocal intraocular lenses for cataract surgery are usually covered by your insurance plan.

Advanced Lifestyle Implant Options for Cataracts

Our doctors will help you choose which lens is best for your lifestyle.

Cataract Surgery Process

A very small incision will be made by your surgeon and a tiny ultrasonic probe will be inserted that breaks up your cloudy lens into microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves. These particles are then suctioned out. The standard or lifestyle artificial IOL of your choice is then inserted and positioned to replace the old cloudy lens of your eye with a clear one. 

Amazingly, the tiny incision is self-sealing and usually requires no stitches. It remains tightly closed by the natural outward pressure within the eye and will heal quickly. This surgical technique enables prompt and comfortable recovery. Most patients notice an immediate improvement in the clarity of their vision. LASIK enhancements after cataract surgery are also available.

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website for more information on Cataract Surgery.

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