Virginia Eye Center offers a range of advanced options for cataract treatments and intraocular lenses (IOL)s. Based on thorough examinations, advanced testing methods and our discussions with you, we will help you understand your options and make an informed decision.
During cataract surgery, your original lens is removed and an intraocular lens implant (IOL) is put in the eye to replace it. This implant maintains the focusing power and clarity of your original lens. The traditional (monofocal) implants used over the last few decades afford single-focus vision, either NEAR or DISTANCE. These standard IOLs are still very much in use today and are covered by all private insurances and Medicare.
However, if you have astigmatism or wish to see both distance and near at the same time, you would benefit from the newest technology implants, (Lifestyle IOLs) that have become available to address these problems and are discussed below.
The toric IOL is specifically designed to address those eyes which have a significant amount of astigmatism. This IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected vision. There is an additional cost for this lifestyle IOL which is not covered by any private insurance or Medicare.
The multifocal IOL is designed to provide a full range of vision — near, far and everything in between. The FDA clinical data state that 90% of patients never need glasses again for any activities. Those who do need glasses need them only for very specific tasks. The goal of the multifocal IOL is to allow you to be less dependent on glasses, to see things near and far without glasses. There is also an additional cost for this lifestyle IOL which is not covered by any private insurance or Medicare.
The newest IOL available is the TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL. This improves visual acuity at near, intermediate and far distances, but with a reduction in halo and glare that patients may experience with multifocal IOLs. Syfmony Extended Range of Vision IOL is available in both a Non-Toric and a Toric version for patients with astigmatism. There is an additional cost for this lifestyle IOL which is not covered by any private insurance or Medicare.
For additional information regarding Symfony, please visit https://www.beyondcataracts.com/cataract-treatment/tecnis-symfony-iol.
How do you know which IOL is right for you?
A lot depends on your current eyesight, lifestyle, job or professional responsibilities, hobbies and overall health.
Virginia Eye Center is proud to offer the most advanced cataract technologies available including aberrometry, computer controlled laser technology and state of the art premium lens implants. When combined, all of these technologies work together to provide you with the best possible results.