Wearing reading glasses after cataract surgery is no longer the only option. Several Eye Clinic of Wisconsin surgeons are qualified to implant a new generation of IOL’s that are specifically designed to provide vision at all distances, dramatically reducing or possibly eliminating your need for glasses.
There are several available premium lenses, and Eye Clinic of Wisconsin’s physicians offer a variety of options in order to provide you with the most appropriate treatment for your visual needs. These lenses are generally not covered by insurance and require and additional out of pocket cost to the patient.
Accommodating Lens Implants: An accommodating lens implant is one that can focus at variable distances. It has the ability to flex and shift position in the eye and change focus points, just as your natural lens did when you were younger. This often allows for improved vision at multiple ranges from distance to near, often times with minimal need for glasses. The Crystal lens is the current IOL approved for use in the United States.
More information on the Crystalens.
Multifocal Lens Implants: Multifocal implants allow focusing to occur at multiple distances. Concentric rings within the lens allow light to enter different parts of the eye and focus vision for near, far and intermediate distances. These advanced lenses have the potential to reduce or eliminate your need for corrective lenses altogether. If multifocal lenses sound like an option that is of interest to you, ask about the ReStor and Tecnis multifocal lenses.
More information on ReStor
More information on Tecnis
If you’re interested in greater freedom from glasses after cataract surgery, your Eye Clinic of Wisconsin surgeon will discuss your lifestyle and thoroughly examine your eyes to determine the best lens or combination of IOL’s that are right for you.
Your surgeon will want to know:
- the kind of work you do.
- how many hours a day you read and what types of reading you do.
- how many hours a day you use a computer.
- your outdoor activities
- your hobbies, and whether you do close work, like sewing or knitting.
- how much driving you do at night.
- whether you like to travel.
- how bothered you are by wearing glasses.