Lens Replacement Options
Lens Replacement in Orem, UT
Correcting Distance Vision
Traditional cataract surgery is performed with a monofocal lens. With this lens, most people experience very good distance vision. However, most people receiving monofocal lenses still require reading glasses or bifocals to have a full range of vision.
Correcting Distance Vision with Astigmatism
Approximately 20% of cataract surgery patients have a significant degree of astigmatism. For these patients, the Cataract & Lasik Center of Utah is proud to offer three options to correct astigmatism and improve distance vision.
The Acrysof Toric Lens is an astigmatic lens designed to reduce or correct a patient’s astigmatism using the same technology that has been successfully used in contact lenses. Instead of using a monofocal lens, during the third step of the cataract procedure, Dr. Monroe will insert the Toric lens.
Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRIs)
Limbal Relaxing Incisions, or LRIs, refer to a technique used in cataract surgery. With this method, tiny incisions are created around the cornea in order to “relax” its curvature and improve the way light is reflected. Limbal incisions heal quickly and can cause fewer side effects than similar methods.
Thanks to the experience of Dr. Monroe, you have the option of combining a lens implant with a laser enhancement. A laser procedure (LASIK or PRK) after cataract surgery can treat any residual need for glasses. Typically, patients would wear reading-only glasses after the laser procedure. Since laser vision correction is performed on the surface of the cornea, and with cataract surgery, the lens implant is placed behind the iris, neither area is affected by the other procedure.
Correcting a Full Range of Vision
For those who are candidates, the Cataract & Lasik Center of Utah offers multifocal lens implants with FDA-approved Tecnis, Crystalens and TruLign lenses. These lenses can provide a full range of vision – near, far, and in-between – and allow most people to function comfortably with minimal dependence on glasses.
These procedures are performed the same safe way we remove cataracts. In the third step of the procedure, one of the multifocal intraocular lenses (IOL) designed to improve vision at all distances is implanted instead of the standard monofocal IOL.
Cataract Surgery Lifestyle Choices
Please read the following lens options carefully. After your Cataract Evaluation, we will be able to discuss with you more fully what would be the best package for you.
High Definition Multifocal Package:
This package is the best option for individuals who want to reduce their dependence on glasses and experience the most freedom from glasses available with today’s technology. Medicare and other insurance companies pay most of the costs associated with removal of the cataract and placement of a standard lens. In addition to any deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, the patient is responsible for paying the extra costs of the Presbyopia-Reducing Lens and the pre-operative tests necessary to achieve the best results. The patient is responsible for the additional costs associated with the Presbyopia-Reducing Cataract Package.
Includes: Multifocal Lens +/- LRIs; special testing; and 6 months postoperative follow-up care, including treatment for residual nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Also included is ORA Technology (First available at Cataract and LASIK Center of Utah).
Tecnis Multifocal Lens and Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL
The Tecnis Multifocal Lens provides cataract patients the ability to focus at near, intermediate and distance in most cases following surgery. It reduces or eliminates dependence on glasses for active patients without astigmatism. In fact, many have found already that they have more freedom in participating in their daily life activities.
Tecnis Symfony Extended Range Vision Lens
This lens offers a continuous, full range of vision at all distances, with or without astigmatism correction. It is an excellent solution for patients affected by presbyopia, to minimize dependence on glasses for distance, near and intermediate vision. The Tecnis Symfony is designed for a reduced incidence of halos and glare, as compared to other multifocal lenses.
The TRULIGN Toric Intraocular Lens (IOL) is designed to give patients with cataracts combined with astigmatism a full range of visual correction. The lens is placed in the capsular bag, which is where the Trulign lens sits following cataract extraction. When it is implanted, the TRULIGN Toric Intraocular Lens can help reduce blurry vision, allow a patient to be less dependent on their glasses or contact lenses, and improve near, intermediate and distance vision.
The TRULIGN Toric IOL is most advantageous for patients with astigmatic cataracts who lead active lifestyles that require clear vision.
Some major features of the TRULIGN Toric IOL include:
-A broader visual range
-Visual contrast that helps for driving at night
In our youth, the natural lens of the eye has the ability to focus at a range of distances as well as shift position and change focus points. With the Crystalens Intraocular implant, your eye can become capable of doing those things again, allowing you to see at distance and intermediate without glasses or contacts. It does this through the unique hinged structure of the lens, which allows the lens to move as the muscles in your eye constrict and relax.
The Crystalens implant is essentially a replacement for your eye’s natural lens and can correct for additional refractive errors. Often medical insurance covers the standard cataract procedure.
Patient goals vary from person to person, but one of the major end goals in receiving the Crystalens IOL is to provide a continuous range of vision for distance, intermediate, and near vision. It also is a great option for those who want to eliminate or reduce their dependency on reading glasses or bifocals following cataract surgery.
High Definition Astigmatic Package:
This package is designed for the individual with mild to moderate astigmatism. Limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) and the Toric Lens reduce astigmatism to enhance distance vision and improve night vision without glasses. Patients may need glasses for near tasks or may select monovision. In addition to any deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, the patient is responsible for the additional costs of astigmatism reduction and the special testing involved in the Astigmatic Cataract Package.
Includes: Toric Lens and/or LRIs to reduce astigmatism; special testing; and 6 months postoperative follow-up care, including treatment for residual nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Also included is ORA Technology (First available at Cataract and Lasik Center of Utah).
High Definition (HD) Custom Package:
This package is ideal for patients who still enjoy driving at night and in low light conditions… and are comfortable with wearing reading glasses or with monovision. Medicare and other insurance companies pay most of the costs associated with our HD Vision Cataract Package. However, in addition to any deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, the patient is responsible for payment for the testing associated with the package.
Includes: Aspheric Monofocal Lens, additional topographical analysis and 3 months postoperative follow-up care. Also included is ORA Technology (First available at Cataract and Lasik Center of Utah).
Traditional Lens Package:
This package is the best option for the individual who does not mind wearing glasses after cataract surgery. Most of the costs of Standard Cataract Surgery are covered by Medicare and other insurance companies. In addition to any deductibles, copayments and coinsurance required by the insurance company, the patient may have financial responsibility for additional testing recommended by Dr. Monroe to achieve the best results after Standard Cataract Surgery.
Includes: Aspheric Monofocal Lens, additional topographical analysis, and 3 months postoperative follow-up care.
Everyone’s needs are different; a personal consultation with one of our doctors will help determine which is the best procedure for you.