Choosing your Lens Implant
Together, you and Dr. Moran have determined that you are ready for cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, he will remove your clouded lens and replace it with a lens implant. Today’s lens implants make it possible to see better than you have in years…possibly without the need for glasses.
YOUR LENS OPTIONS
Dr. Moran and our patient educators will give you the information you need to help you select the right intraocular lens (IOL) implant for your surgery. In the “old days” it was one size fits all. Today’s modern lenses offer choices. The type of lens you choose will depend on the type of glasses you’d like to wear postoperatively. With modern, advanced technology lenses, there is an 80% chance that you won’t have to wear any glasses at all after your cataract surgery.
Single-Vision Lens Implants – This option is the standard lens implant that has been available for years. With a single-vision lens implant, you will still need glasses for one or more areas of vision following surgery. The cost of this lens is usually covered by most insurances.
ReSTOR– A ReSTOR lens is a multifocal lens. The ReSTOR lens is a newer technology that allows for multiple distances to be in focus at the same time. The unique ringed design of this multifocal lens keeps all distances in focus at the same time eliminating the need for any type of glasses 80% of the time. The eye’s natural lens and the standard lens implant focus on one plane of vision at a time. Your natural lens must change focus to see in the distance and then up close. (The loss of this focusing ability is why we need reading glasses as we age.) .
ReSTOR/TORIC – The ReSTOR multifocal lens also comes in a version for patients with astigmatism. Dr. Moran will determine which style lens you need.
TORIC – A toric lens will correct for one area of vision and your astigmatism. With the Toric lens, you will no longer need astigmatism correction, but you will need glasses to help you read.
Are you a candidate for an Advanced Technology Lens?
At your evaluation, Dr. Moran will determine what type of lens choices are available for you. Patients that typically qualify for an advanced technology lens:
• are between the ages of 21 and 80
• have a clinically significant cataract, but are in otherwise excellent ocular health
• communicate a strong desire for a range of vision with reduced dependence on corrective lenses
Talk to Dr. Moran to see if you qualify for an advanced technology lens. He will be happy to discuss your options with you during your cataract evaluation appointment, and again at your preoperative cataract meeting.