When cataract surgery is performed, the surgeon replaces the hardened, cloudy lens in the eye with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Traditionally, monofocal lenses are used for IOLs. While they are designed to significantly improve visual clarity and quality, you will still require glasses for reading because they allow focus for only a certain distance.
At Andersen Eye Associates, our standard monofocal lens of choice for cataract surgery is the ALCON SN60WF. The AcrySof® family of intraocular IOLs is the result of a constant dedication to creating the most innovative and comprehensive line of cataract surgical products available. With a history more than 60 million implants in eyes worldwide, the Acrysof® family of lenses is the most trusted and frequently used in the world, largely because of the proven long-term results.
The Acrysof® IOL Advantage has a complete spectrum of benefits for both patients and surgeons, including:
Until recently, Medicare would not allow patients to pay the extra cost of non-traditional IOLs. That rule has changed, and now patients have additional options. If your Andersen Eye surgeon can recommend a new technology lens to treat your cataracts, Medicare will cover the amount of the traditional lens and gives you the option to pay additional costs associated with the new lens.
When you have a traditional monofocal IOL, you lose the ability to focus on reading material without the help of glasses. However, new technological advances have led to new premium intraocular lenses, which offer additional improvements beyond those offered by monofocal lenses. The surgeons at Andersen Eye can now offer you an IOL that will help correct this problem. These exciting new lenses allow the eye to focus at several different lengths and may even eliminate the need for glasses. These multifocal implants used by your Andersen Eye surgeon are:
Within the category of multifocal IOLs, there is a lens termed "accommodating," which is what is generally referred to as focusing. The lens inside the eye is naturally formed to accommodate, allowing our vision to focus on objects near and far. As we age, we lose the ability to accommodate due to the lens hardening. Bausch & Lomb developed an accommodating lens that mimics the function of the natural lens. For more information, please visit the website below.
If you have been told in the past that you could not wear contact lenses, and had to wear glasses, because of your astigmatism, new toric IOLs might offer the best benefit. Ask your Andersen Eye surgeon if this type of lens might work for you. For more information on this lens, please visit the website below.
For further information on Premium Intraocular Lenses, or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, please call our office at 989-797-2400
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