Finally, your much awaited cataract removal treatment is already scheduled a few days from now and Dr. Jackson has recommended an advanced IOL technology as the best cataract lens replacement to provide you better visual clarity and quality of life. If you are not aware of the benefits of the different types of IOL implants available for your selection, below is a summary for your convenience about their individual functions.
3 Kinds of cataract lens:
This particular type of IOL is the basic lens approved for insertion with all cataract surgery by Medicare or any commercial insurance carrier. The vision will be improved for all functioning distances but there will be a 100% need for glasses for distance, intermediate, and near visual function tasks, including driving, computers, reading, viewing your cell phone and/or watch.
Multifocal and/or Accommodating lenses are the latest type of IOL lenses often called “advanced lens” where the wearing of eyeglasses or contact lenses are minimized or permanently eliminated. Individuals who choose these modern lenses may benefit from viewing things clearer at any distance from near and far without encountering difficulty. Most cataract doctors put multifocal lens on both eyes of the patient for maximum visual improvement. One vital factor that will determine if the multifocal lenses are ideal to a patient is usually based on his/her pupil size and other advanced diagnostic data and current health status.
This kind of lens is specially designed for patients with astigmatism. The lenses are structured to meet the visual needs of an individual whose overall vision is distorted or blurred at any distance. Toric lenses are advised among patients whose level of astigmatism is increasingly significant and will provide legal to drive vision in most cases. However, glasses will still be needed for all near vision tasks including computer work.
Patients who are scheduled for a cataract surgery procedure are given choices on which type of cataract lens will perfectly fit their visual needs and lifestyles. Accurate measurements are done on the patient’s eyes, so that the most suitable IOL prescription can be derived.
Keep in mind that the specialized lens like the multifocal or accommodating lens may cost more than the ordinary type of IOL implants, but, there is a reduction or complete elimination of the wearing of unsightly eyeglasses.
Choose wisely which type of IOL implants are perfect for you and go for the lens replacement that will allow you to do the things you love to do most without any struggle. Evaluate how much money you can save in the long run if you choose the latest advanced lenses whose visual performance are better than the basic monofocal option, plus the fact that you don’t need to buy eyeglasses or contact lenses.