Intraocular Lens Options (IOLs)
If you have a strong desire for greater independence from glasses or contacts, then you may want to consider an advanced intraocular lens (IOL) from one of our experienced ophthalmologists during your cataract or refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery. There is a wide range of advanced IOLs that can help patients achieve improved vision, greatly reducing or possibly eliminating their need for corrective eye wear after surgery. Each lens option has a unique design, and may be able to improve distance, near, and intermediate vision. There are also advanced IOLs that can correct astigmatism at one distance or multiple distances. These lens options translate to greater freedom and independence for you at work, home, or wherever your hobbies and interests lead you.
Standard Single Focus IOL vs Advanced IOL
A standard IOL is the type of lens implant used during standard cataract surgery, which is designed to improve vision at one distance. Most patients that opt to have a standard IOL choose to have their distance vision corrected, but they will likely need corrective eyewear after surgery to see at near and intermediate distances, or to correct astigmatism. Standard IOLs are typically covered by insurance.
If you desire to reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after cataract or refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery, then you may want to consider having Custom Cataract Surgery with an advanced IOL.
Advanced IOL Options
The Eye Institute of Utah offers the widest variety of advanced IOL options in Utah, with the goal of helping patients achieve the best possible vision outcomes. If you choose to have Custom Cataract Surgery with an advanced IOL, these lens options are considered non-covered, elective services by insurance companies, so the patient would be responsible for the additional costs associated with advanced IOLs used during Custom Cataract Surgery.
A toric IOL is an advanced lens option that can correct various degrees of astigmatism at a range of distances. Patients that choose to have astigmatism correction at the time of cataract surgery may still need to wear reading glasses after surgery, depending on the type of toric IOL implanted.
For patients that desire to have the most visual freedom after RLE or cataract surgery, they should consider a presbyopia-correcting IOL. Starting around the age of 40-50, a majority of people begin to notice the sudden need for reading glasses to see up close. This common, age-related condition is called presbyopia. If you would like to correct your presbyopia and see clearly at all distances (near, intermediate, and far), then you should ask your doctor about presbyopia-correcting IOLs.
There are a few categories of Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs which include:
- Multifocal IOLs
- Accommodating IOLs
- Extended-Depth-of-Focus IOLs
At The Eye Institute of Utah, we utilize a variety of brands of presbyopia-correcting lens implants, including TECNIS®, ReSTOR®, and Symfony IOLs among others. Candidacy for advanced IOLs and specific lens options will vary by patient, so a complete examination with a cataract specialist will be needed in order to discuss your candidacy.
Presbyopia & Astigmatism-Correcting IOLs
One of the greatest advancements in ophthalmology for patients struggling with reading glasses has been the recent FDA approval of the Symfony Toric and ReSTOR® Toric IOLs. These types of IOLs offer a wider range of patients a chance to greatly reduce or eliminate their need for corrective eyewear after surgery. These lenses are able to correct varying degrees of astigmatism, while simultaneously correcting near, intermediate, and distance vision.
In order to see which intraocular lens implant is best for you, you will need a thorough examination with a cataract specialist. Contact our office today to schedule your cataract examination!