Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults age 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. By age 65, about half of the human population has a cataract, and by age 75, almost everyone has some form of cataract. However, cataracts are highly treatable, and through advances in both cataract surgery and the intraocular lens implants, more people are experiencing full restoration of their vision than ever before.
Cataract treatment and options
Although stronger eyeglasses or brighter lighting may help relieve symptoms of a cataract in the early stages, surgery is the only cure and the most common form of treatment. In fact, millions of people undergo this vision-saving procedure each year. Cataract surgery is a relatively simple outpatient procedure where the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, called a intraocular implant (IOL).
Why do you need an intraocular lens implant?
Much like a camera, your eye’s natural crystalline lens plays an important role in focusing images. When a cataract clouds the lens, it makes it virtually impossible to see clearly. When your cataract progresses to the point that daily tasks become difficult and interferes with your quality of life, you will need cataract surgery. During surgery, your eye’s natural lens will be replaced by an intraocular lens, or IOL. An intraocular lens is an artificial lens made of silicone or acrylic that performs the function of the eye’s natural lens. Most of today’s IOLs are around a quarter of an inch in diameter and soft enough to be folded so they can be placed into the eye through a very small incision.
Intraocular lens options
Medicare and Health Plan benefits cover surgery with a standard, or monofocal, lens implant. However, you may choose to receive a specialized lens for an added fee. Private insurance policies vary, but many also offer policy holders the choice of receiving a specialized lens as long as they pay the difference.
Astigmatism Correcting Intraocular Lens
Astigmatism is a common condition that may cause blurred vision. The distorted vision is due to the eye’s cornea (corneal astigmatism) or lens (lenticular astigmatism) having an irregular shape.
Astigmatic patients who are planning cataract surgery can request the use a Toric IOL during their lens replacement – treating the cataract and the astigmatism at the same time. The Toric IOL is ideal for cataract patients with regular, pre-existing astigmatism.
Premium Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implants
What is a multifocal lens implant? Unlike the monofocal lens that will focus light to only one point in space, A multifocal lens has more than one point of focus. It corrects vision at distance, intermediate and near. If you are a good candidate for these lenses, this options gives you the best possible chance to reduce your dependence on glasses.