Types of Intraocular Lens Implants

Cataract surgery not only removes your cataracts, but also offers an opportunity to reduce your dependency on glasses. You have a choice as to which intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted during your surgery. A standard mono-focal IOL will replace the cataract and improve your vision. There are now, however, more advanced lens implants called “Custom IOLs” that not only treat cataracts, but also improve distance vision, reading vision and everything in between. Medical Eye Center offers Custom IOLs as part of our ongoing commitment to provide the latest technology and best visual outcomes.

Which intraocular lens is right for me?

Dr. Paul Jorizzo, Dr. Matt Oliva, and Dr. Helen Koenigsman are Medical Eye Center’s skilled and experienced cataract surgeons. After reviewing the overall health of your eyes, your surgeon will discuss your options and help you choose the IOL that best fits your individual needs and lifestyle. While no lens implant can re-create the vision of a 20-year-old, many patients report being able to read the newspaper, restaurant menus, and food labels without glasses after receiving Custom IOL implants—all in addition to the clearer distance vision that regular cataract surgery provides.

Standard Intracocular Lens Implants

A standard mono-focal IOL has one point of focus, which is usually distance vision. If you choose standard IOLs, you will generally need glasses for near activities like reading. On the other hand, if your mono-focal IOLs are focused on near vision, you would need glasses to see distant objects clearly. This is the case even if you didn’t need glasses before surgery.

Custom Intracocular Lens Implants

Custom IOLs are a revolutionary advance over the standard mono-focal IOL. Medical Eye Center was one of the first eye practices in the country to offer these premium lens implants for patients who choose custom cataract surgery. Your doctor will help determine which implant is best for you.

Options include:

Multi-focal Intracocular Lens Implants

A multi-focal IOL contains multiple zones that focus light at a variety of distances, allowing you to see a continuous range of vision without glasses. This results in excellent visual acuity of close up and far away objects. Many patients report the ability to read small print and see distances, both without glasses. The Alcon ReSTOR® IOL is the multi-focal IOL we have chosen for our patients. This lens can however, produce rings or halos around bright lights and may make it difficult to see in low light situations, such as driving at night. While most patients adapt to this effect over a period of several months, the ReStor IOL is be a good choice if near vision is your priority.

Accommodating Intracocular Lens Implants

An accommodating IOL is designed to flex much like your eye’s healthy, natural lens, providing a continuous range of vision as you constantly change focus on the world around you. The Crystalens® IOL is the only FDA approved accommodating IOL. This lens has the ability to “accommodate,” or change shape, allowing it to focus on both far and near objects. The Crystalens IOL tends to provide excellent distance and intermediate vision. Most patients can function well without glasses for distance and casual reading, but may need glasses for fine print and very close work. Click here to learn more about the Crystalens IOL.

Toric Intracocular Lens Implants

If you have astigmatism, your surgeon may recommend a Toric IOL which helps restore clarity to distance vision. Correcting astigmatism once required that tiny limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs)  be made in the cornea to change its shape. Now Toric IOLs can replace the need for these incisions in patients with mild to moderate astigmatism. For those with higher levels of astigmatism, a combination of technologies may be used. Generally, these procedures reduce the thickness of your glasses at all distances and may also reduce your reliance on glasses for distance vision.

Who is eligible for Custom IOLs?

Keep in mind that not all patients are candidates for Custom IOLs. A full examination by one of our surgeons will be required. There are many IOLs available and our surgeons have selected several that they believe work well for their patients. It’s important to maintain realistic expectations with any lens choice. No intraocular lens is perfect, and there is no way to completely eliminate your glasses. Compared to a standard mono-focal lens implant, however, Custom IOLs are the best option to allow you to continue to enjoy your favorite hobbies and active lifestyle with much less dependency on glasses.

Why choose Medical Eye Center?

The surgeons at Medical Eye Center were the first in Southern Oregon to use Custom IOLs, giving them the most experience with custom cataract procedures. An important aspect of the procedure is the ability to fine-tune vision results with laser vision correction surgery, such as LASIK. Medical Eye Center is also the regional leader in LASIK surgery and we have a state-of-the-art laser vision correction center at our Medford facility. As an added benefit, if needed, LASIK is included in the cost of your multi-focal or accommodating IOL surgery. No other regional eye center can offer this kind of exceptional service and experience. Medical Eye Center is dedicated to helping you achieve your best vision—and we will be there for you every step of the way.

What do custom intraocular lenses cost?

Medicare covers the basic level of cataract surgery with a standard mono-focal intraocular lens. Medicare does not consider Custom IOLs medically necessary, so there is an added expense that each patient will be responsible for. This is because Custom IOLs require a higher level of pre-surgical measurement and a more demanding surgical technique. Affordable monthly payment plans are available and you can learn more about our financing options. Or, call us today for a complimentary consultation. We’re happy to discuss all the options with you.

Financing

If insurance doesn’t cover all the costs of your intraocular lens implants, the CareCredit® card offers convenient payment options so you can get the procedure you want, when you want it.

  • Low monthly payment plans
  • No money down
  • No penalty for early pay off
  • No annual fees
  • No application fee
  • The application process is fast and confidential

It’s easy to apply, just click and go to CareCredit’s website.


Get EyeSmart

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s webpage on Intraocular Lens Implants.