Types of IOLs
Conventional Monofocal Lens
Monofocal lenses are effective in restoring distance vision. These lenses offer one point of focus, so glasses or contacts may still be needed after surgery. Some patients that choose monofocal IOLs will require glasses for all visual needs (distance, intermediate, and near) following cataract surgery. Medicare and most insurances will pay for most, if not all, of your procedure, including the cost of the lens.
Monovision lenses correct one eye for distance vision and one eye for near vision, thus lessening the likelihood for glasses or contacts. For those patients who have successfully experienced monovision with contact lens wear, this type of IOL to correct distance and near vision could be an option. There could be an additional out-of-pocket cost associated with a monovision lens.
The toric lens is designed to eliminate or reduce corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision, independent of glasses or contact lenses. A patient who has both a cataract and astigmatism will not regain high quality distance vision after cataract surgery unless the astigmatism is also corrected. There is an additional cost for a toric IOL.
Presbyopia-correcting or multifocal IOLs are advanced artificial lenses designed to provide sharp vision at multiple distances—offering an expanded range of vision clarity. At VisionAmerica, we offer a wide range of premium IOLs that meet the unique needs of each patient. Because these lenses can treat cataracts while improving distance, intermediate, and near vision, many patients will not need to rely on glasses after receiving a premium IOL. These lenses have an associated out-of-pocket cost.