Premium Intraocular Lens (IOL) Options in Lexington, KY
Cataract surgery removes the clouded natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens, or IOL. In traditional cataract surgery the IOL would be a standard monofocal lens, meaning it would allow the patient good vision in the distance, but they still may require bifocal glasses for near and far vision. Patients that have a monofocal lenses would also still require reading glasses or bifocals after their surgery in order to see up close. At Medical Vision Institute, we give our Lexington patients the option to upgrade to a premium IOL.
Premium IOLs can allow patients to reduce or even eliminate their need for reading glasses or bifocals following cataract surgery. Premium IOLs include multifocal designs such as the Alcon ReSTOR lens and the AMO Tecnis and Symfony IOL. The other premium lens is an accommodative design, like the Bausch and Lomb Crystalens. These lenses are ideal for patients that like to read a newspaper, see the computer screen or drive without having to deal with reading glasses or bifocals.
Patients that have an active lifestyle are often excellent candidates for a premium IOL. Patients that are a good candidate and elect to have a premium IOL can often do most things, most of the time without glasses. Since premium IOLs are considered to be elective, there is an out of pocket expense associated with them.
If you have astigmatism in your cornea, you might need glasses in order to see clearly in the distance following cataract surgery. Patients that have residual cornea astigmatism might be a good candidate for astigmatism correction at the time of cataract surgery using a Limbal Relaxing Incision (LRI) or a Toric Lens Implant. A LRI or Toric lens implant is performed during your initial cataract surgery and can often eliminate the need for glasses used for distance vision, but will still require reading glasses. An LRI and Toric lens is considered to be an elective procedure and does require an out of pocket expense. During your initial cataract exam, Dr. Dudee and his staff will discuss which lens would be best for your vision and go over cost and financing options.
What is a Cataract?
Cataracts are a common problem that can develop as we age. Although some people are born with cataracts, it is most common to develop them later in life, typically after 65. A cataract occurs when the natural lens inside of the eye gradually becomes harder and gets cloudy. The lens is important because it is the part of the eye that helps focus light on the retina. It is a gradual change that many don’t even notice at first.
Are There Different Kinds of Cataract?
The most common type of cataracts are age-related, with more than half of all Americans 65 and older having them. There are other types though, including:
- Congenital- Children are sometimes born with cataracts or develop them very early in life.
- Traumatic- A cataract can sometimes develop following an eye injury. This can happen very soon afterward or even years later.
- Diabetic- This kind of cataract can develop in people with diabetes or other health issues. It has also been linked to steroid use and radiation therapy.
Contact lenses and eyeglasses can be used to treat early cataract symptoms, but this is a temporary solution. The only real way to treat cataracts is with surgery. Cataract surgery has seen many advancements in recent years and is now one of the safest, most effective and most commonly performed eye surgeries. If you would like to learn more about cataract surgery at Medical Vision Institute, click here, or call us to schedule an appointment.
Find the answers to our most common frequently asked questions with our Cataract FAQs or call us today for more information on cataracts or cataract surgery.
Q: Can cataracts return?
A: Because the natural lens has been removed from the eye, a cataract cannot return. However, sometimes a part of the lens that was not removed during surgery becomes cloudy and blurs vision. This is called an after-cataract, and it can develop months or years after surgery. Unlike a cataract, an after-cataract can be treated with a laser. In a painless procedure called YAG laser capsulotomy. A laser beam is used to make a tiny hole in the lens that will allow light to pass through.
Q: Can cataracts be prevented?
A: We do not yet know how to prevent cataracts, but scientist are examining how they develop and what factors put people at risk for developing them. Research is also being conducted to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cataracts. In the meantime, regular comprehensive eye exams, especially for people over the age of 60, will allow for early detection of cataracts and other vision problems.