After a cataract is removed, a new lens called an intraocular lens or IOL must be implanted within the eye. The standard Medicare approved lens implant is monofocal and allows for clear vision at only one distance (usually distance vision), requiring patients to wear glasses after their surgery for near distance activities.
At Kung Eye Center we offer our Staten Island and East Brunswick patients premium lens implant options. These IOLs are often only partially covered by Medicare and will involve some out-of-pocket expense, but they allow patients to enjoy a greater range of vision and an active lifestyle with more freedom from reading glasses or bifocals.
Multifocal IOLs: have different levels of power and each power diffracts light differently, offering patients good vision at near and far distances, and can potentially reduce reading glasses or bifocals. These lenses include ReStor by Alcon & Tecnis Multifocal by AMO.
Toric IOLs: are used to correct astigmatism, which is an asymmetric steepening of the cornea that causes light to focus unevenly on the retina. Uncorrected astigmatism can cause blurry or shadowed images. For cataract patients who also have astigmatism, a toric lens may be your best option at freedom from glasses after cataract surgery.
Accommodating IOLs: are designed to mimic the eye’s natural lens. The hinge design of the lens allows it to move using the ciliary muscles inside the eye. This allows the lens to flex and move or accommodate like the natural lens would to focus on single point through a wide range of distances. These lenses include Crystalens by Bausch and Lomb.