About Premium IOLs
Over the past six decades, the only choice for a cataract surgery lens implant was a standard monofocal intraocular lens. While these lenses still offer good functional distance vision, reading glasses are almost always necessary for near vision. If you would like to free yourself of eyeglasses or contacts, or if you have astigmatism, premium IOLs are an ideal solution.
To learn more about all of your IOL options, please contact either of Kirk Eye Center’s two locations. You can also simply complete the form on this page. We proudly serve patients from Cicero and other Chicago communities.
Once you have cataract surgery, you can’t change your mind and upgrade to a premium IOL later. That’s why it is so important to make the right choice the first time. Our doctors will help you make the right decision for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
What Is A Premium IOL?
An intraocular lens (IOL) is an artificial lens that is placed during surgery to replace the natural lens of your eye. In the past, IOLs were primarily used in cataract surgery to improve vision. However, modern IOLs utilize recent advancements in medical technology to correct a more comprehensive array of vision problems.
Historically, monofocal IOLs were patients’ only options. They only allowed people to see clearly at a particular distance. You were able to see objects at a distance, but if you wanted to read or work on something closely, you still needed glasses.
A premium IOL is significantly more advanced. They provide a crisp field of vision at varying distances without the necessity of glasses or contacts.
Compared to conventional IOLs, premium intraocular lenses provide a number of advantages such as:
- Improved vision range
- Improved vision in different lighting conditions
- The ability to easily and comfortably read
How Does an IOL Work?
IOLs work like the natural lens of your eye. They focus on the light entering your eyes through the corneas and pupils onto the retinas. The majority of IOLs are made of highly flexible materials and they are about a third of a dime’s size. Like prescription glasses, IOLs have specific prescriptions that give you the best possible vision. IOLs are most commonly used in cataract surgeries, significantly improving refractive disorders such as severe hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism in the process.
Different Types Of IOLs
Traditionally, the majority of IOLs were monofocal, meaning they were only designed to correct vision at a single distance, far, intermediate or near. This meant that following cataract surgery, most patients still needed glasses to see clearly at all distances.
While monofocal lenses are still a good option if you can’t afford a premium IOL or don’t mind wearing reading glasses, modern advances in lens technology have made it possible to see clearly at a wide range of distances without the need for glasses or contacts.
There are a variety of premium intraocular lenses which can drastically improve the quality of your vision compared with traditional monofocal IOLs, including:
- Toric IOLs: Although Toric IOLs are monofocal, they are considered premium because they can also correct for astigmatism. Until recently, if you had astigmatism and underwent cataract surgery, you had no IOL options that could address your astigmatism. Toric IOLs are monofocal lenses that are convex on both sides. This double-convex design allows them to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness as well as eliminating the cloudy vision caused by cataracts.
- Multifocal IOLs: Premium multifocal IOLs expand your range of vision by providing magnification in various areas of the lens. By diffracting light through multiple focal zones, multifocal IOLs allow you to see clearly at a variety of distances without needing glasses or contacts.
- Accommodating IOLs: Accommodation is the process by which your eyes focus themselves, utilizing small muscles to alter the shape of your lenses to change their optical abilities. Accommodating IOLs use the same muscles to mimic this effect and allow you to focus on different distances.
Premium IOL Brands
TECNIS® Multifocal IOLs
The TECNIS Multifocal IOL is approved by the FDA to improve functional vision in all light situations, including low-light, such as night driving. While traditional lens implants can replace the cloudy natural lens of your eye during cataract surgery, they may not restore your functional vision.
If you are diagnosed with cataracts and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for the TECNIS Multifocal lens:
- Need bifocals
- Changing eyeglass prescriptions
- Difficulty seeing to drive, particularly at night
- Difficulty seeing close objects
- Difficulty reading
TECNIS® Eyhance™ Toric II IOLs
Combined with TECNIS SIMPLICITY® delivery system, the TECNIS Eyhance offers a bright look at the future of monofocal lenses. This lens specifically allows for the depth of focus to be extended due to its one-of-a-kind shape. This feature also helps provide patients with an improved image contrast in dim and low lighting. This lens is ideal for patients looking to even out astigmatism while also achieving a clear distance vision.
Benefits of the Eyhance IOLS include:
- Increased ease of everyday tasks
- Clarity for distance vision, assisting activities such as performances, meetings, movies, and driving
- Safety for low-light or dimly-lit situations like night driving or other activities
- Astigmatism correction for those with cataracts who wish for addressing both conditions at once
TECNIS® Symfony IOLs
The TECNIS Symfony IOL is a premium intraocular lens that is approved to correct both the farsightedness of presbyopia and the blurry vision of cataracts. By using a combination of achromatic technology and a unique diffractive pattern, TECNIS Symfony IOLs provide a wide-range field of vision while maintaining contrast.
Some benefits of TECNIS Symfony IOLs include:
- Clear, continuous vision for patients with or without astigmatism
- Minimal recovery time; many patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours
- Very few reports of lens-related negative effects
- Majority of patients no longer require glasses for distance, and many no longer need glasses for close-up vision
- No halos or glare on the lens
- No compromise in distance vision compared to Monofocal lenses
- A continuous range of high-quality vision for near, intermediate, and far distances
TECNIS® Synergy IOLs
The TECNIS Synergy IOLs from Johnson & Johnson allow you to go beyond the limitations of your trifocals by implementing a wide range of vision and high levels of contrast between light and dark at night. With a high percentage of patient satisfaction ratings, the TECNIS Synergy IOL utilizes InteliLight™ technology to provide patients with tangible outcomes.
Some of the benefits that the TECNIS Synergy IOLs offer are:
- Violet light filtration, which reduces glare, shimmer, and halos
- Achromatic technology which heightens contrast between light and dark for better clarity at night
- InteliLight technology which assists in reducing light scatter and emphasizing light contrasts
- The widest available range of continuous peripheral vision
Light Adjustable Lens
Implanted like a standard IOL, light adjustable lenses use a unique photosensitive silicone. Because of the specialized coating, this lens is highly receptive to light. It allows us to adjust your prescription to your exact needs after cataract surgery. Once your eyes have healed after your treatment, we will have you come back into the office and use a low-intensity UV light to change your lens structure. Adjusting the lens takes about 90 seconds per eye, and you can review your vision acuity until we have reached your desired eyesight.
Which IOL Should I Choose?
With so many IOL options, it can be confusing when trying to choose the best artificial lens for your specific needs, budget and lifestyle. Unlike glasses, you can’t simply try on an IOL and see which one you like best. Our experienced ophthalmologists will take the time to carefully examine the state of your ocular health, listen to your goals, answer your questions and carefully explain all of your options. Our goal is to help guide you toward an IOL choice that will meet your needs and provide you with clear vision for years to come.
Choosing an intraocular lens depends on a variety of personal factors, such as:
- Which distances are most important for you to be able to see more clearly without glasses: far (driving), intermediate (computer screen) or near (reading)?
- Are you able to afford the additional cost of a lens that offers more capabilities than the monofocal lens paid for by your insurer?
- What activities do you engage in throughout the day and which ones would you like to do without glasses, if possible?
- In addition to cataracts, what other eye conditions do you have, such as eye disease, presbyopia or astigmatism?
Fortunately, you don’t have to make this important decision alone. The knowledgeable eye doctors at Kirk Eye Center will help you every step of the way.
Premium Lens Cost
There are a variety of premium IOL options, and prices vary from lens to lens and patient to patient, depending on your unique needs. During your consultation, you will be provided with an estimate on what you can expect to pay based on the lens and procedure you choose.
Although insurance will usually cover the cost of cataract surgery itself, premium lenses are not covered because they are not considered a medical necessity. Any upgrade to a premium lens or advanced laser cataract surgery is the responsibility of the patient. The staff at Kirk Eye Center will review all billing information and financing options with you prior to your surgery.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Options
No amount of independent research can replace the value of a medical evaluation and personal consultation with our experienced cataract surgeons. To begin your journey toward crisp, clear vision, please contact Kirk Eye Center today to schedule your IOL consultation.
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