In the past, cataract patients only had the option of a monofocal intraocular lens implant. Monofocal meant that they would only be correcting vision for near or far and would most likely still require glasses. Thanks to recent advancements in technology, patients now have a choice in lenses.
New multifocal/accomodating intraocular lenses have the advantage of allowing people to be able to see near, far and intermediate distances after surgery, often without the use of glasses. Standard Lens Options Standard Intraocular Lens A Standard Intraocular Lens is affixed lens that is designed to deliver improved vision at just one distance (usually far). The drawback of this lens is that you will probably need to wear glasses for close and intermediate vision. The standard lens is usually covered by Medicare and private insurance. You will still be responsible for any deductible, co-pay or co-insurance.
Advanced Technology Lens Options Multifocal Intraocular Lens: ReSTOR A multifocal lens uses multiple visual zones that are built into the lens itself to provide visions at various distances. This lens is designed to give good near and distance vision. You may experience some halos with bright lights (ie: headlights).
Accommodating Intraocular Lens: Crystalens An accommodating lens is designed to flow using the eyes natural muscles to focus on subjects at various distances. This lens gives good intermediate and distance vision but you will need to wear readers for close vision.
Astigmatism Intraocular Lens: Toric This specialty lens is a fixed lens like the standard lens. It is designed to reduce corneal astigmatism and improve uncorrected functional vision. You will need to wear readers for close vision. Insurance will cover the cost of the cataract procedure but will not cover the actual cost of the multifocal, accommodating or astigmatism lenses. Ask to speak with our Patient Advisor to learn more about our Care Credit financing program.