Intraocular Implant Options
Traditionally, the vast majority of cataract surgery patients have received monofocal lenses, which typically require them to use reading glasses or bifocals for near vision following surgery. These conventional IOL’s (Intraocular lens) used in cataract surgery provided good functional distance vision but offered little benefit for a full range of vision, making most patients dependant on glasses even after surgery.
Multifocal implants have been available for many years but it has been in more recent years that the technology has advanced to the point where successful multifocal vision occurs with minimum side effects. There are several types of multifocal implants available. Insurance does not cover the multifocal lens implant.
Edina Eye Physicians & Surgeons utilizes an array of Multi-focal IOLs, near through distance, which greatly reduces the reliance of reading glasses or bifocals. This means better quality of life, through visual freedom and privdes a greater range of vision.
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Monofocal intraocular lens implant
The monofocal implant is the most commonly used implant and has been continually improved upon over several decades. This lens will provide a single focal point to the eye. This means there will be the need for additional optical correction after surgery from eyeglasses or contact lenses. Monovision is a technique where distance vision is targeted in one eye and near vision is the other using monofocal implants.
Toric Intraocular Lens Implant
The toric intraocular lens implant is designed to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a condition of the eye in which the cornea (front surface of the eye) has an irregular shape like a football. Standard intraocular lens implants do not correct astigmatism and this must be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses after surgery. Insurance does not cover the toric implant.