‘Premium’ Lens Implants

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Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens of the eye, and replacing it with an artificial lens.   A standard artificial lens has only one point of focus, either near or far.  This means that patients typically need glasses after surgery for either reading or distance.  If they have astigmatism, they often need bifocals.

Over the last several years, several new lens options have become available to reduce the need for glasses.  There are ‘toric’ lenses for astigmatism, and ‘presbyopia correcting’ lenses to help with reading vision.  These can allow patients to become less dependent on glasses after surgery, and some patients never use glasses.  This can be a benefit to cataract patients who do not like to wear glasses.  The lenses are called ‘premium’ because they typically are not covered by insurance.

However these lenses are not appropriate for every patient.  In addition they each have their specific strengths and drawbacks.  Some lenses are more prone to causing glare and decreased night vision, while others may not give as strong of reading vision, to list a few.  Unfortunately due to the unpredictable way each person responds to surgery and heals, it is not possible for any surgeon to guarantee glasses will not be needed.

There are now many lens options available for cataract patients, some with the potential to reduce the need for glasses after surgery.  If considering these ‘premium’ lenses, make sure to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon so that together you can make an informed decision on the best choice for you.

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