Cataract Surgery with Premium Intraocular Implants
By Jeffrey Martin, MD
Published on March 01, 2010
Cataract surgery has come a long way over the years and today is performed as an outpatient procedure. The cataract surgery procedure takes a few minutes on average and eye patches, needles around the eyes, and stitches are rarely necessary. A short time after cataract surgery, patients are free to return to the comfort of their home and are able to resume normal activities quickly.
Cataract surgery is performed through a microscopic incision. Gentle computer controlled ultrasound called phacoemulsification is used to remove the cloudy crystalline lens of the eye. Once complete, a new intraocular implant, or IOL, is used to restore vision.
When choosing an implant or IOL, you have a choice. The standard implant corrects for distance vision, but patients need glasses for all near activities, including reading and checking the time on your watch. Many people choose a standard implant. If you desire, you can also have a premium implant. There are several types of premium implants that are designed to give near and far vision without the use of glasses or contact lenses. Our eye doctors and eye surgeons use accommodating lenses such as Crystalens® and multifocal lens implants such as ReZoomTM, ReSTOR®, and TECNISTM.
Our cataract surgeons also offer the AcrySof® Toric implant. The Toric implant corrects astigmatism. Astigmatism refers to a cornea that is oval instead of spherical. This causes visual blur for near and far vision.
With these newer premium implants, there is a cost involved. Standard implants are fairly inexpensive and medicare and insurance companies cover the lens. With premium implants, the cost of the lens is not covered so there is some out of pocket expense.