Thank you Dr. Patel and all the folks at Cape Fear Eye Associates for the most outstanding care and personal attention.
I needed cataract surgery and was frustrated with glasses and contacts. The ReSTOR lens was recommended and I am SO HAPPY I selected ReSTOR.
My hobby is traveling and I can now see all the colors of vistas, and the details of butterflies…. free from glasses and contacts. My lenses will also be great in my classroom. It’s a beautiful world!
Thank you for choosing our practice. At Cape Fear Eye Associates, we strive to provide the best quality of care and customized vision solutions for our patients. This specific information is provided to all of our patients 55 years old and over so that you have the opportunity to be fully informed before any decisions need to be made.
Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process, and at age 55, you may or may not have been diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are typically linked to birthdays- the more birthdays you have, the more likely you are to develop a cataract. Being diagnosed with a cataract may seem frightening at first. However, due to advancements in technology, cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful surgeries in the United States today.
A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the normally clear lens within your eye, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are most often found in persons over age 55, but they are also occasionally found in younger people. A cataract can progress until eventually there is a complete loss of vision in your eye, and neither diet not laser treatment will make the cataract go away. Cataract surgery can help restore your vision long before you experience loss of vision significant enough to interfere with your daily activities.
At Cape Fear Eye Associates, we offer the most advanced options to customize your vision after cataract surgery, based on your individual lifestyle needs. Based on our findings during your upcoming examination, we will inform you of which lens is the best option for you. On the following page, you will find information that helps you understand three different options:
Basic Monofocal Lens
With single-vision lens implants, there is a very high likelihood that you will need glasses for most near-vision activities after surgery, even if you do not wear near-vision glasses before surgery. These activities include such things as reading, applying makeup, shaving, sewing, reading your watch, dialing a cell phone, and baiting fishhooks. Medicare and most private insurance carriers will pay 80% of your cataract surgery and the monofocal lens. This is considered basic coverage.
Astigmatism Correcting Lens
The Acrysof Toric lens is specifically designed to address those who have a significant amount of astigmatism. In years past, cataract surgery removed the cataract, but a patient with high astigmatism still required glasses for near and distant vision. The design of the Acrysof Toric lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. There is an additional cost for this lens implant. Again, we strive to make the Acrysof Toric lens affordable for our patients by offering payment options here in our office.
The TRULIGN Toric lens is designed for seniors with active lifestyles. Unlike a standard cataract replacement lens, the TRULIGN Toric lens allows the eye to focus and maintain clarity over a broad range of vision, while correcting for the patient’s astigmatism. The lens also delivers superior clarity of vision, even in low-light or nighttime conditions. The TRULIGN Toric lens both reduces the negative impact of pre-existing astigmatism on postoperative vision and also imparts excellent distance and intermediate vision and functional near vision, all through a single surgical procedure. The result is a reduced need for patients to wear glasses for certain activities following cataract surgery.
New technology implants, such as Acrysof ReSTOR, are designed to provide a full range of vision-near, far and everything in between. Medicare and private insurance provide basic coverage and allow you to pay for the upgrade, if you choose to do so. Based on FDA clinical data, 80% of patients never need glasses again for any activities. Those who do need glasses need them only for very specific tasks. The goal of the ReSTOR lens is to allow you to live a spectacle-free life, to see things near and far without glasses. There is an additional cost for this technology. If it is determined that you are a candidate for Acrysof ReSTOR, we can discuss payment plans that make this option affordable for our patients.
Crystalens replacement lenses don’t just treat your cataracts, they are designed to correct your full range of vision – flexing like the eye’s natural lens, so you can see near, far and everywhere in between. No other replacement lens comes closer to mirroring the natural focusing ability of the eye. Your physician will perform a thorough eye exam to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.