Improving your vision through cataract surgery is a multi-step process, requiring thoughtful planning. Selecting the best intraocular lens, or IOL, for you is an important part of this process, as this artificial IOL replaces your natural lens. Advances in technology gives patients several IOL choices. The surgeons at Fry Eye Associates will discuss these options and provide an expert recommendation based on the findings of your examination and discussion of your lifestyle.
Lens Options FAQ
The monofocal IOL was the first intraocular lens developed to correct vision and the most frequently used today. It corrects vision at one (mono) fixed distance. You can choose a monofocal IOL for either near, intermediate, or far vision. For example, patients who choose a monofocal IOL that provides clear distance vision, and then wear glasses for reading and other up-close activities. Many patients choose this IOL as it is covered by Medicare and most private insurers.
The toric IOL is for patients who have astigmatism, an irregularly-shaped cornea that improperly refracts light and causes blurriness or distorted vision. Toric IOLs can correct vision problems that result from astigmatism and significantly reduce or eliminate your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. There is out-of-pocket expense with this IOL choice for patients as Medicare and most private insurers do not cover this type of lens.
Extended Depth of Focus IOL (EDOF IOL)
The EDOF IOL is the latest in intraocular lens technology. It enables patients who good candidates for the IOL to see at intermediate, far, and near distances. It can greatly decrease or eliminate the need for glasses. There is out-of-pocket expense with this IOL choice for patients as Medicare and most private insurers do not cover this type of lens.
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