Premium Implant IOLs
During cataract surgery, a clear artificial lens is implanted permanently in the eye to replace the cloudy natural lens. Patients now have a choice about the type of implant lens they will receive, and therefore a choice as to how well they will see following their cataract surgery. A basic implant lens has only a single clear focus point. Most patients receiving a basic implant lens will require bifocal glasses, at least for reading, after surgery.
Newer, advanced premium cataract lens implants, can now provide better vision without glasses for people undergoing cataract and lens implant surgery.
The Crystalens and Tecnis Multifocal Lenses have been FDA-approved for correction of both distance and reading vision, to reduce or totally eliminate the need for glasses following cataract surgery. These lenses work differently, and each has strengths and weaknesses compared to the other.
The Astigmatism-Correcting Toric Implant is useful for individuals with astigmatism in addition to cataract. It can sharpen distance vision so that prescription glasses are unnecessary, although reading glasses will still be required.
Medicare and most insurance carriers only provide coverage including a basic implant lens; the better premium options, allowing better vision without glasses, may therefore require additional out-of-pocket expense.
We take pride in helping each patient make an unbiased, informed decision in choosing an implant. Dr. Pajka will work with you to help you decide which lens choice will best allow you to enjoy the long-lasting, clear vision without glasses that you deserve.
Crystalens is a cataract replacement lens that can "accommodate" - shift focus between nearby and distant objects - after cataract surgery. It is the first FDA-approved accommodating lens.
Unlike basic implant lenses, the flexible Crystalens works with the eye's natural focusing muscle to provide a seamless range of vision, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses after cataract surgery.
About 65% of patients achieve good vision without glasses once both eyes have received a Crystalens implant; about 1/3 will occasionally need to use reading glasses. There are no significant additional visual side effects to speak of with the Crystalens, compared to the basic monofocal implant.
The Tecnis Multifocal Lens is known as a diffractive lens. It divides light in such a way as to provides both a near and a distance focal point, allowing good vision for both distance and reading tasks, in all lighting conditions. About 90% of patients having received a Tecnis Multifocal Lens in both eyes do not need to wear glasses afterwards. At nighttime or in dim light, however, a small percentage of patients feel troubled by the visual issue of rings or haloes around lights. If nighttime driving is a critical activity for you, you may wish to consider a different option. With the understanding of this potential side effect, however, many of our happiest patients have received the Tecnis Multifocal Lens.
Astigmatism-Correcting Toric Implant Lens
Astigmatism is a naturally occurring condition affecting many individuals in which the cornea is slightly oval, rather than round or spherical. While not a "disease", astigmatism does lead to blurred vision, and must be corrected in order to see clearly. Traditionally, after cataract surgery with a basic implant lens, this was done with prescription eyeglasses in the form of bifocals. There is now, however, a better way. Astigmatism can be corrected completely and permanently at the time of cataract surgery with a special, customized "toric" implant lens. Simple over-the-counter reading glasses will still be required, but patients choosing to correct their astigmatism with Toric Implant Lens will generally not need prescription glasses for driving, watching TV, or other distance needs.
To learn more about our Premium Implant Lenses, please contact us at (440) 886-2020 today to schedule an appointment.