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Premium IOLs

Monofocal intraocular lens (standard IOL)

Toric Intraocular Lens (Alcon Acrysof Toric IOL)

Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Blended Vision Option

Crystalens® (Bausch & Lomb) Pseudo-accommodating intraocular lens

ReSTOR® (Alcon) Multi-focal intraocular lens

Symfony® (Tecnis AMO) Extended Range of Vision intraocular lens

New advances in technology have allowed for the development of IOLs which allow patients to see clearly at multiple distances while decreasing their dependency on glasses. There are several different types of premium lens implants and services available. Your doctor will work with you to decide which lens is best for your individual lifestyle and needs.

Options to Improve Distance Vision

Monofocal intraocular lens (standard IOL)

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This implant is covered by your insurance company.

This implant has a single-focus optic and most often the implant power is selected to give the best vision for distance.   The distance vision is generally excellent either with no glasses or with glasses to correct any residual refractive error (astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness). Vision for driving at night is excellent. Since this is a single-focus optic, it is necessary to use glasses for reading, computer and other close activities.   Sometimes it is necessary to use bifocals for best vision. This implant can be used for all patients.

Options to Improve Distance Vision when you have Astigmatism

What is Astigmatism? It is when the cornea is oval instead of round and this has to be corrected to improve the uncorrected vision.

Toric Intraocular Lens (Alcon Acrysof Toric IOL)  

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There is an out-of-pocket charge for this premium IOL.

This implant has correction for astigmatism built into the optics, making the patient more independent of glasses for seeing in the distance.  It is a monofocal (single focus) implant; therefore, glasses are required for reading and for other near focusing activities. The toric intraocular lens may be used in combination with blended vision. 

Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

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There is an out-of-pocket charge for this premium service.

Femtosecond Laser performs several steps of cataract surgery and can treat small amounts of corneal astigmatism.  This improves uncorrected vision and decreases dependence on glasses after surgery by reducing astigmatism.  The femtosecond laser does not treat presbyopia so glasses are required for reading and other near activities after surgery.  The laser may be used in combination with blended vision.  All patients may not be candidates for laser-assisted cataract surgery.  

Options to Improve Distance and Near Vision

Blended Vision Option

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There is an out-of-pocket charge for this premium IOL.

Blended vision following cataract surgery is an advanced refractive option with the goal of decreasing dependence on glasses by focusing your dominant eye for distance and your non-dominant eye for closer activities. Using both eyes, you can see for many activities without glasses.  There are limitations to blended vision, and you may require glasses for some functions for both distance and near. In addition, if there is residual astigmatism, the vision could be blurred without correction for all functions.  Blended vision is recommended in patients who have healthy eyes and whose only reason for difficulty with seeing is cataracts.  Not all patients may be candidates for this advanced refractive modality.

Crystalens® (Bausch & Lomb) Pseudo-accommodating intraocular lens

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There is an out-of-pocket charge for this premium IOL.

Crystalens® is a pseudo-accommodating intraocular lens which corrects distance vision and also has the ability to bring near objects into focus by flexing in the eye on a soft hinge. Distance vision and vision for driving at night is usually excellent. The near vision is best for seeing at intermediate distance – such as a computer, at arm’s length or on a table or counter.  Many patients can read a newspaper or magazine in good lighting without glasses.   For fine print such as a paperback book or for sustained reading, mild over-the-counter reading glasses may be required. This implant can be used in patients who have healthy eyes and whose only reason for difficulty with seeing is cataracts. Not all patients may be candidates for this implant.  In some patients, there can be an adaptation period of up to 3 months.

ReSTOR® (Alcon) Multi-focal intraocular lens

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There is an out-of-pocket charge for this premium IOL.

ReSTOR®  is a multi-focal intraocular lens with correction for distance and near built into the same diffractive optic. A portion of the lens brings distance light rays into focus and a portion of the optic brings near light rays into focus. The vision for seeing at distance in the daytime is excellent; however, the vision for driving at night may not be quite as good. The vision for reading books, newspapers and magazines is excellent, and most patients can also see the computer comfortably. This implant does not correct astigmatism.  Patients who have significant corneal astigmatism would require custom laser assisted cataract surgery to decrease corneal astigmatism.  This implant can be used in patients who have healthy eyes and whose only reason for difficulty with seeing is cataracts. Not all patients may be a candidate for this implant.  In some patients, there can be an adaptation period of up to 3 months.

Symfony® (Tecnis) Extended Range of Vision intraocular lens

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There is an out-of-pocket charge for this premium IOL.

Symfony® is an extended range of vision intraocular lens which may correct the vision at all ranges from distance to near activities through its extended depth of focus diffractive technology. The vision is very good for distance and for intermediate, such as seeing the computer. The vision for reading is also very good, however, mild over-the-counter reading glasses may be required for fine print such as a newspaper or paperback book or in low light. The vision for driving at night is comparable to a monofocal intraocular lens, however halos may be present at night. Symfony® Tecnis intraocular lens can be used in patients who have corneal astigmatism. This implant can be used in patients who have healthy eyes and whose only reason for difficulty with seeing is cataracts. Not all patients are candidates for this implant. In some patients, there can be an adaptation period of up to 3 months.