Premium Lens Options
When the natural lens in your eye has clouded and hardened over time, you now have several options for a replacement lens. Youthful vision is our goal, and your doctor will discuss your options based on your lifestyle, occupation and hobbies.
There are several types of artificial lenses that are available to cataract patients today. These include: Accommodating Lenses (those that flex like the eye’s natural lens); Multifocal Lenses (designed to see near, intermediate and far through their lens’ optics); and Toric Lenses (designed to treat astigmatism).
Life without glasses or bifocals is something most people experienced when they were young. Today we are able to give patients choices after Cataract surgery, choices that affect their vision outcomes and possibly freedom from glasses.
During cataract surgery an intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted to replace the natural lens that was removed during cataract surgery. The lens power is determined based upon a series of pre-operative tests. We are able to give patients advice about their options for IOL choice once the testing is complete.
Introduction to Premium Lens Implants: A new lifestyle alternative
If your doctor has told you that you are in the early stages of developing cataracts or has suggested that refractive lens exchange would be a good vision correction option, you might want to research the new emerging lens implant technology in the field of ophthalmology. If you are nearing the age for cataract surgery and want a reliable vision correction solution premium lens implants might be a good idea. Premium lens implants have been helping people over 40 and cataract aged patients have the active lifestyle they has when they were younger. Imagine playing golf or being able to read the newspaper with a dependency on glasses. Life without glasses could dramatically impact your overall happiness. This is why the doctors at Hines-Sight have been trained in the latest intraocular surgery techniques involving lens implantation with multifocal, accommodating, and toric lens implants also referred to as premium lens implants.
Emerging Lens Implant Technology
This intraocular lens technology of modern day ophthalmology has recently made some swift advancements that can dramatically improve a patient's ability to see with lens implants after cataract surgery or even as refractive lens exchange before the development of cataracts. Some of these new intraocular lens implants might even be a better vision correction option than LASIK eye surgery depending on your prescription and age. In the past with LASIK eye surgery our doctors could correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Now with the advent of premium multifocal IOL lens implants the giant burden of presbyopia can now be corrected. Presbyopia affects a vast part of our aging population and often requires bifocal glasses. People in their mid forties that have trouble with reading and typically experiencing the first effects of presbyopia. Presbyopia is an accommodation problem with the lens of the eye. As the lens hardens and becomes inflexible with age it becomes more difficult to focus.
Traditional Lens Implants
Prior to the new premium lens implant technologies enabling people to see at all distances the only option for lens implants after cataract surgery were known as MONOFOCAL. This meant that the lens implant is only capable of one distance (FAR, MIDDLE, OR NEAR). For years patients would have monofocal lens implants but the require eyeglasses after cataract surgery. In many cases patients would option for a good distance lens and just use glasses for reading or when needed in close proximity.
Before selecting your premium lens implant make sure to consult your eye doctor. Although one lens may appear better to you the guidance of your ophthalmologist is crucial in this decision making process. Before we examine your actual lens choices we are going first discuss the function of the lens and the surgical process involved. Dr. Schumer is conservative with his approach to lens implantation and will provide this option only if it is right for his patients.
Cataract Surgery Process (Phacoemulsification)
The modern day cataract surgery technique is routinely performed with small incision microsurgery through a process known as phacoemulsification. The cataract removal and surgical process is actually done using the smallest possible incision, and removal of the lens material is accomplished using an ultrasonic probe. Before a new man made intraocular lens can be implanted to hardened cataract needs to be removed. After the eye is cleaned and proper dilation of the pupil has been achieved the surgeon is ready to make the incision. A micro-incision about the size of 3 millimeters is created at the junction of the cornea and the white part of the eye known as the sclera. The lens capsule is then opened and the ultrasonic probe is inserted so that the cataract can be removed. The ultrasonic probe pulverizes the cataract and suctions out the cataract material.
After the cataract is removed the surgeon is ready to implant a man made intraocular lens. This is a crucial point of understanding for patients. Patients can either have a monofocal Medicare lens which will only correct vision for one distance or they can opt for a an upgrade Multifocal IOL that can reduce or eliminate their need for glasses after cataract surgery. Please see our section below regarding lens implant options for more information about the tremendous lifestyle advantages that the premium lens implants offer.
The intraocular lens is a foldable lens that slides through a tube like a fruit roll-up and unfolds in the capsular bag. The surgeon may center the new lens with the lens capsule if necessary. Once the lens is centered, the surgery is complete. In most cases no stitches are required to seal the incision due specifically to the 3 mm size. This is why many eye doctors call it microsurgery.
Understanding what lens is right for you!
Depending on your specific vision needs, there are several types of multifocal lens implants that your ophthalmologist might suggest. Each of these lens implants (IOLs) works in a different way to help achieve vision correction goals. Ultimately, your doctor will know which lens is best suited for your eye. In order to get a better understanding of which lens options you may want to be familiar with we have separated the lens options into three categories.
- Presbyopic Correcting Lens Implants - Often suggested for after cataract surgery
- Toric Lens Implants for Astigmatism correction - Often suggested for after cataract surgery
- Lens Implants for highly myopic patients - Often suggested if LASIK is not a good option due to high myopia
IOL Options + Toric Multifocal IOL
Lens Implants Options: Presbyopic Correcting Lens Implants
- Restor TORIC IOL