Intraocular Lenses (IOL's)
Dr. Soares offers three different intraocular lens choices (IOL’s) to correct your vision after cataract surgery. Below is a description of the three different lenses.
MONOFOCAL LENS IMPLANT This lens takes all light that enters the eye and focuses it on the retina producing a quality image with high contrast. These lenses focus light at one distance. People can choose what distance they want their eyes corrected and wear glasses to correct the other distance. Many patients choose to have one eye corrected for distance and the other eye corrected for intermediate distance, and wear simple over the counter reading glasses for near vision. This lens is covered by most insurance plans.
TORIC LENS IMPLANT Patients who have astigmatism have blurred vision. Prior to cataract surgery this blurred vision was corrected by glasses or contact lenses. During cataract surgery a toric lens can be placed in the eye and provide sharp clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. Currently in the USA toric lenses are monofocal lenses. Glasses for reading will still be likely after surgery. Toric lenses are considered a premium lens and insurance companies will not cover the full cost of these lenses. Patients are responsible for paying a separate fee for these lenses.
MULTIFOCAL LENS IMPLANT The multifocal lens is a presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens (IOL). The new lens optimizes light energy delivered to the retina by distributing the appropriate amounts of light to near and distant focal points, regardless of lighting situation. This new IOL is particularly well-suited for patients who wish to reduce their dependency on reading glasses and bifocals once their cataractous lens is removed. Multifocal lenses are premium lenses and insurance companies will not cover the full cost of these lenses. Patients are responsible for paying a separate fee for these lenses.