IOLs after Cataract Surgery

by: Advanced Laser | January 4, 2014

Oklahoma City Intraocular LensesThere are few conditions as frustrating as cataracts. When the natural lens of an eye becomes clouded over, the world is seen through a constant haze. The only way to treat a cataract is to remove the natural lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens.

In many ways, however, cataracts can be a blessing in disguise. At Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are available that can restore vision at all distances, sometimes altogether eliminating the need for glasses and contact lenses. As a result, many patients turn to our practice with cataracts and emerge from treatment with crisper, clearer vision than they have had in decades.

If you are currently struggling with cataracts, you too may be able to see the world through brand new eyes with premium, multi-focal IOLs. Eye doctor John Belardo will discuss your eye care needs and goals with you during your initial consultation and advise you of your options and help you determine which IOL is best suited to you.

Your IOL Choices after Cataract Surgery

For decades, eye surgeons have been using IOLs to replace natural lenses after the removal of cataracts. Historically, these IOLs were able to restore vision at a single distance. Most patients elected to have their eyes adjusted to see clearly at far distances, which meant that they would still require reading glasses to see up close. Nevertheless, these monofocal IOLs worked well and were certainly far preferable to cataract-clouded vision.

Modern IOL technology, however, allows for patients to see clearly at all distances after cataract surgery. At Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma, we offer several IOL options, including two of the finest available: ReSTOR® and TECNIS® Multifocal. Both of these lens implant options give patients the opportunity to achieve visual independence, dramatically reducing or even eliminating their need to rely on glasses and contact lenses. Multifocal lenses provide excellent vision at close, intermediate, and far distances, in both high and low light conditions.

It should be noted that while many insurance policies cover the cost of monofocal IOLs after the removal of cataracts, most do not provide full coverage for multifocal IOLs such as ReSTOR® and TECNIS® Multifocal. Some insurance policies will cover a portion of these multifocal lenses, up to the amount that their monofocal counterparts would have cost, but the remainder of the cost is the patient’s responsibility. Most of our patients agree, however, that the additional out-of-pocket expense of premium multifocal IOLs is well worth it. If you are interested in having multifocal IOLs placed after your cataract surgery, you can discuss your financing and payment options with Dr. Belardo during your initial consultation at our practice.

Contact Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma Today

If you are suffering with cataracts and would like to learn more about how you might benefit from the placement of multifocal IOLs, please contact Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma today. We can help you to replace your clouded vision with crystal clear vision at all distances!