Intraocular Lens Options
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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.
Below you will find information that will help you understand the different lens 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.
Acrysof IQ ReSTOR®
New technology implants, such as Acrysof IQ 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.
AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL
AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL
As with cataracts, there’s nothing you can do to prevent astigmatism and presbyopia. However, you may be able to treat them at the same time you treat your cataracts. Introducing a breakthrough in vision surgery.
Now patients with astigmatism may also enjoy true performance at all distances with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL, combining the proven performance of the IQ ReSTOR® IOL with the precision of the IQ Toric IOL. With an increased chance of freedom from glasses or contacts, this technology not only has the potential to give you a full range of life-enhancing vision, but could also eliminate the reoccurring costs of new eyeglasses or contacts over your lifetime.
The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL treats both presbyopia and astigmatism in one surgery. With the performance and precision of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL, your surgeon now has an innovative option to treat your astigmatism and cataract, and to help improve your vision.
Distance vision: Clear
Astigmatism correction: Yes – you may enjoy less need for prescription glasses or contacts.
Presbyopia correction: Yes – reduced dependence on reading glasses, offers quality vision for daily activities like computer work and driving.
AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL Frequently Asked Questions
How does the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL work?
The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL is designed to provide vision similar to the pre-presbyopic human lens. It works by using apodized diffractive and refractive technologies to provide a full range of vision. The Toric platform also corrects 0.68 D to 2.06 D of pre-existing corneal astigmatism at the time of surgery.
What is apodization?
Apodization is a gradual reduction or blending of the diffractive step heights. This unique technology helps optimally manage light energy delivered to the retina by distributing the appropriate amount of light to near and distant focal points, regardless of the lighting situation. Compared to previous multifocal technologies, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL's apodized diffractive optic is designed to improve image quality while reducing visual disturbances.
How is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL designed to improve near vision?
Light rays from near objects diverge as they enter the eye. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL uses its central apodized diffractive region and +3.0 D correction to focus these rays into a clear image on the retina.
How is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL designed to improve distance vision?
Light rays from distant objects are parallel as they enter the eye. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL uses both the central apodized diffractive and peripheral refractive regions of the optic to focus distance images on the retina.
How does pupil size affect near and distance vision with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL?
The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL effectively restores near, intermediate, and distance vision, regardless of pupil size. In bright light, with constricted pupils, the lens sends light energy simultaneously to both near and distant focal points. In low light, with dilated pupils, the apodized diffractive lens sends a greater amount of energy to distance vision to minimize visual disturbances.
The treatment you choose could leave you with better vision than you had before cataracts. Knowing your options can help you focus on the breathtaking experiences still to come. Ask your eye care specialist which lens option is right for you.
Cataract Surgery with WaveTec Vision (ORA)
Now during the procedure, your surgeon can take measurements of your eye, make any necessary adjustments and refine your visual outcome. ORA measurements are taken after the clouded cataract is removed, when the surgeon has a clear view, allowing your surgeon to tailor your procedure to your individual eye.
Contact Cape Fear Eye Associates for Cataract Surgery
If you are in need of cataract surgery, our North Carolina eye centers in the Fayetteville area can provide you with high-quality, state-of-the-art surgical treatment to successfully remove your cataracts and restore your vision.
To schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists call 910-484-2284.