Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) San Diego
An intraocular lens implant (IOL) is an artificial lens that we implant in the eye after removing the natural, cloudy lens during cataract surgery. IOL technology has advanced considerably over the past few decades. Whereas cataract patients were once limited in their choice of IOLs, today’s cataract patients can select from a wide range of lenses, each with their own unique set of features.
At California Retina Associates, we believe our patients deserve the best technology has to offer. That’s why we offer premium intraocular lens implants in San Diego and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in learning more, please call us at 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755 to schedule an appointment.
What Makes an IOL “Premium”?
A standard IOL is designed to restore vision at a single fixed distance because they have the same power throughout the entire lens. For example, the lens may be fixed to restore clear distance vision, thereby requiring patients to wear reading glasses to see clearly at close and intermediate distances. Medicare and other health insurance companies typically cover the cost of cataract surgery with a standard or “single vision” IOL.
Premium IOLs have special features beyond what a standard lens offers and generally offer a greater range of vision after cataract surgery.
What are the Different Types of Premium IOLs?
“Premium” intraocular lenses have advanced features beyond those found in basic single vision IOLs. While the increased cost of a premium IOL is not covered by Medicare and other types of insurance, their increased benefits may be worth the cost for our patients.
The three types of premium IOL options are multifocal, accommodating, and toric. Each has different characteristics for different eye conditions, such as astigmatism (toric).
Multifocal IOLs have added magnification in different portions of the lens to restore vision at multiple distances. Many people with multifocal IOLs are able to forego reading glasses after surgery because the lenses allow them to see clearly at nearly all distances.
Accommodating IOLs also offer a full range of clear vision at all distances through a focusing process called accommodation. In a normal eye, the accommodation process alters the focusing power of the eye as needed by varying the thickness of the lens. For clear near vision, the lens thickens and becomes more curved for added magnification; for clear distance vision, the lens flattens.
Accommodating IOLs have special supporting “legs” that work with the eye’s muscles to move slightly forward when focusing on a near object. Often this level of magnification is good enough to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses after cataract surgery.
Our San Diego premium IOL providers also offer lenses with special features to correct for co-existing vision problems. Toric lenses are designed specifically for astigmatism, or an uneven curvature of the cornea or lens. The lenses have different powers in different meridians and must be specially oriented inside the eye to adequately correct astigmatism.
What are the Benefits of Premium IOLs?
Technology has really changed the landscape of options when it comes to replacing your cataract-clouded lens with an intraocular lens. The first IOL was monovision, meaning it corrected for one type of vision, either up close or distance. The patient had to wear eyeglasses to correct for the other. With single vision IOLs, most people choose to correct for distance vision, wearing reading glasses for up close work.
Premium IOLs now offer vision correction at different distances with both accommodating and multifocal IOLs. This means they correct for near- and farsightedness. They also correct for astigmatism with toric IOLs. Recently, toric function was added to multifocal and accommodating IOLs. A premium IOL also corrects for presbyopia, the condition that is almost universal after the age of 40 where the eye has more difficulty focusing for near vision.
What are the benefits of these premium IOLs? Well, it depends on how much you adore your current readers. If you’d love to not have 14 pairs of reading glasses strategically placed throughout your world, having premium IOLs can remove the need for them. This is quite freeing for most people. The ability to correct for astigmatism also removes the need for eyeglasses to correct the areas that were formerly a problem.
What Type of Results Can I Expect with Premium IOLs?
Premium IOLs will dramatically reduce, if not completely eliminate, your need for reading glasses. Your vision will be clear at all distances, like your natural eye lens provided if you had approximately 20/20 vision. Patients with significant astigmatism or who really don’t want to deal with reading glasses any longer are perfect candidates to opt for premium IOLs for their cataract surgery.
Select Your Premium IOL with Our Team
The internationally renowned cataract surgeons at California Retina Associates understand that every patient is unique. You have your own set of needs and goals and understandably want your treatment tailored accordingly. When it comes to replacing your lens during cataract surgery, what works for you may not work for your family member or friend. This is why we offer a wide range of IOL options, each designed with its own set of features.
We will consult with you and take special measurements prior to your cataract surgery to determine whether you are a good candidate for premium IOLs. If so we will help you select the lens most suitable for your lifestyle and goals.
California Retina Associates proudly provide patients from San Diego, CA with intraocular lens implant options. To schedule an appointment with our team to discuss your IOL options, contact us at 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755, or fill out our online contact form here.