Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. In order for an ophthalmologist to fix a cataract, it must be removed and replaced with a synthetic lens called an IOL or intraocular lens.
Basic vs. Premium Intraocular Lenses to Correct Cataracts
Basic single vision IOLs are covered by Medicare and other types of medical insurance. However, “premium” IOLs are also available. They have advanced features that the basic IOLs don’t have. There is an additional cost to the patient, but many of our patients feel that the advantages of the premium lenses far outweigh the fee:
- Toric IOLs correct astigmatism which basic IOLs cannot do.
- Accommodating IOLs expand the range of clear vision, whereas basic IOLs are designed to provide clear vision at a single focal point (usually far away for good driving vision).
- Multifocal IOLs can also decrease the need for reading glasses following cataract surgery.
Mixing and Matching IOLs for Cataracts
Sometimes the best visual outcome is achieved by choosing a different type of premium lens for each eye. One can also make one eye clear for distance and the other clear for reading. This is called Monovision.
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If all of this seems confusing, rest assured that Dr. Scharfman thoroughly explains each choice to help each individual patient make the most informed decision taking into account their medical history and lifestyle.
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