Premium Lens Implants
Premium Lens Implants (IOL) – Also referred to as Lifestyle Lens Implants.
Cataract Surgery Lens Implants Available in Denver, Colorado
After cataract surgery you can now imagine a life without the hassles of glasses and contact lenses. If you have been suffering from cataracts or poor vision and cataract surgery is an option, you should be aware of a new technology that can help you reduce dependence on glasses and contacts after cataract surgery. The patients of Denver Eye Surgeons now have the option to see at far, near and even intermediate distances after cataract surgery. This was simply not an option until recently. This enables great vision for our cataract patients and enables them to be able read the newspaper, play golf and other activities without the hassles of glasses.
Choosing the Right Premium Lens for You!
Until recently, cataract patients had few choices for the implants used to restore their vision. With the premium lens procedure you now have several choices based on your individual visual needs and lifestyle. In order to prepare for your premium IOL evaluation and consultation process we suggest you think about the following items and also take our Premium IOL self-evaluation TEST.
Lifestyle Items to Reflect Upon Prior to Choosing an IOL.
- What are your hobbies
- Do you read for multiple hours a day?
- Do you work and what is your occupation?
- Do you drive a lot at night?
- Do you use computers frequently?
- What are your favorite outdoor activities?
What are Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)?
Intraocular lenses, commonly referred to as IOLs, are implantable lenses used to replace the eye's natural crystalline lens during cataract surgery. An IOL will assume the function of the natural lens and will be undetectable. Today, IOLs are available as monofocal lenses (correcting vision for one distance), accommodating lenses (correcting for near, far, and intermediate vision), toric lenses (astigmatism correcting), and multifocal lenses (correcting for near, far, and intermediate vision).
The Role of Medicare with Intraocular Lens Implants
Traditional monofocal cataract surgery is covered by Medicare. There are some new Medicare rulings that permit cataract patients to select either a standard replacement lens implant or a premium replacement lens implant. Medicare regulation patients pay privately for the portion of the charges for the implantation of a premium replacement lens and related technical services that exceeds the benefit for a standard monofocal replacement lens. Ask your doctor how this may affect your specific cataract surgery.
What are the Different Types of Premium Lens Implants?
Multifocal Lens Implants
Multifocal IOL lens implants enable patients to see at near far and intermediate distances after surgery. The 2 major brand names in this category are The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL by Alcon and Tecnis® by AMO. (Recently acquired by Abbott). With a multifocal IOL the central portion of the lens has a series of steps that are carved in a very precise arrangement with varying step heights and distances between steps. Each of the steps of this diffractive optic bends the incoming light differently; creating a near focus that is quite separated from the distance focus formed by the remaining refractive portion of the lens. This large separation between the two images allows for less artifacts or distortion in either of the images, providing good quality of vision at both distance and near.
Accommodating lens implants have garnered a significant amount of positive review and testimonials from thousands of early patient adopters. These special lenses are designed to mimic or accommodate, just like the eyes natural lens would. The hinge design of the lens enables it to move inside the eye just like the original natural lens. The end result is that patients can see better at multiple distances. The only accommodating IOL available is known as the Crystalens ® Bausch & Lomb.
Toric Lens Implants are a unique type of lens implant that are used to correct astigmatism. A toric lens implant is NOT the only method of astigmatism correction so consult a doctor about the current possibilities. Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction, and special implant lenses. If a cataract patient has astigmatism and has aspirations to be glasses free after surgery the Toric lens implant is a good option. Toric lens implants are NOT a correction option for presbyopia. The ACRYSOF® Toric lens implant is a popular choice for this type of lens.
Premium lens implants can be very exciting for patients that want to have a new level of glasses freedom after cataract surgery or with clear lens extraction. Due to the complex nature of each person's visual system, it is difficult for a patient to make an assessment about the right lens, without consulting a medical ophthalmologist. Therefore, we highly suggest a consultation with the Denver Eye Surgeons before making any decision on a lens implant. For second opinions on lens implants please feel free to consult with our staff and doctors.
The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is a premium intraocular lens that is specifically designed to offer both distance and near vision. This lens is typically implanted at the time of cataract removal. It is also sometimes used during an elective refractive lens exchange procedure. The goal in choosing the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is to achieve less dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL brings objects at varying distances into focus using a technology called diffraction. A series of rings on the entire inner surface of the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL focuses the light from objects in our vision at varying distances. This allows for a smooth transition of focus between distant, intermediate and near targets.
If you are interested in vision correction surgery but have been told you are not an ideal patient for LASIK, the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL might be a good option for you. Individuals over the age of 50 are typically the best candidates for refractive lens exchange with the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL. If you have both distance and reading issues or you require bifocals, this might be a better complete vision solution than the much-respected laser vision correction procedure.