Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) San Diego
An intraocular lens (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 lenses in San Diego and the surrounding areas.
What Makes an IOL “Premium”?
Standard IOLs are 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.
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.
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 intraocular lenses, 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.
To schedule an appointment with our team to discuss your IOL options, please call or email one of our three office locations today.