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Premium Lens Implant Options

Premium Lens Implant Options MissouriIt’s truly amazing how far cataract surgery has evolved in the last 40 years. It’s never been a better time to have cataracts removed. The cataract surgeons at Capitol Eye Care have available to them a selection of premium lens implant options that can deliver customized results from cataract surgery. These lens implants can also be used in refractive lens exchange. In order to understand the importance of premium lenses it is a good idea to understand monofocal lens implants also called Monofocal IOLs.


How do Monofocal and Multifocal Lenses Work?

Monofocal lens implants work when light enters the actual lens and is bent to a specific focal point. As the power of the lens becomes stronger, its ability to bend light more sharply is increased. Typically, patients who have a monofocal lens implant placed at the time of cataract surgery have reasonably good vision at a certain distance, typically far away.

New lens implants are now available that can correct vision at near, intermediate and far distances. These types of lenses are commonly called “lifestyle lens implants” or premium lens implants and fall into the categories listed below. Multifocal, toric, and accommodating lens implants are all considered premium lens implants.

What are the Different Types of Premium Lens Implants?

Multifocal Lens Implants:

Jefferson City RestorMultifocal IOL lens implants enable patients to see at near, far, and intermediate distances after surgery. The 2 major brand names in this category are the The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL by Alcon and the Tecnis® by Abbott. With a multifocal IOL the central portion of the lens has a series of steps that are carved in a very precise arrangement with varying step heights and distances between steps. Each of the steps of this diffractive optic bends the incoming light differently; creating a near focus that is quite separate from the distance focus formed by the remaining refractive portion of the lens. This large separation between the two images allows for less artifacts or distortion in either of the images, providing good quality of vision at both distance and near.

Accommodating IOL

Crystalens Jefferson CityAccommodating lens implants have garnered a significant amount of positive review and testimonials from thousands of early patient adopters. These special lenses are designed to mimic or accommodate, just like the eyes natural lens would. The hinge design of the lens enables it to move inside the eye just like the original natural lens. The end result is that patients can see better at multiple distances. The only accommodating IOL available is known as the Crystalens ® Bausch & Lomb.

Toric IOL

Toric IOL Jefferson CityA Toric Lens Implant is a unique type of lens implant that is used to correct astigmatism. Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction, and special implant lenses. If a cataract patient has astigmatism and has aspirations to be glasses free after surgery the Toric lens implant is a good option. Toric lens implants are NOT a correction option for presbyopia. The ACRYSOF® Toric lens implant is a popular choice for this type of lens.

Are Premium Lens Implants Right for Me?

Premium lens implants can be very exciting for patients that want to have a new level of spectacle freedom after cataract surgery or with clear lens extraction. Due to the complex nature of each persons visual system, it is difficult for a patient to make an assessment about the right lens, without consulting a medical ophthalmologist. Therefore, we highly suggest a consultation with the Capitol Eye Care eye surgeons before making any decision on a lens implant. For second opinions on lens implants please feel free to consult with our staff and doctors.

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