If your cataract has progressed to the point that glasses or contacts fail to provide sufficient relief, your doctor may recommend an intraocular lens, or IOL. IOLs primarily serve the purpose of replacing clouded lenses affected by cataracts, however, there are lenses specifically designed to accommodate patients with presbyopia and astigmatism. At Hines Sight in Denver, CO, we offer several types of IOLs to suit your needs. Dr. Justin Coco and Dr. Stanley Cushing work together to provide comprehensive pre- and post-operative care. Dr. Coco performs cataract surgery right in our office using the latest techniques and materials.
What is an Intraocular Lens?
An IOL a small, biocompatible device. The lenses are made of silicone or acrylic, materials which can easily be folded and inserted using a very small incision. IOLs are designed to replace the clouded natural lens in cataract patients, restoring clear eyesight.
Types of IOLS
There are several common types of IOLs including:
Monofocal lenses have a fixed focus at one distance: near, far, or mid-range. Most commonly, patients with presbyopia choose monofocal lenses designed for clear distance vision and use corrective eyewear to see close up. However, our recommendation will depend on which type of vision is most valuable to you in your daily life. An advantage of monofocal IOLs is that they are typically covered by insurance.
Toric lenses are designed for patients with astigmatism and feature different powers at various meridians. Prior to the procedure, we will determine the exact IOL power and orientation to correct your astigmatism.
Multifocal lenses offer patients the greatest freedom from corrective eyewear, however, monofocal IOLs are often fully covered by insurance.
It is extremely important that your toric IOL is precisely placed, otherwise, you may experience blurriness which is difficult to correct. Fortunately, Dr. Coco uses advanced methods to accurately plan treatment and place each toric lens.
Featuring an aspheric design, these lenses help patients see clearly both near and far using advanced diffractive and refractive optics to create multiple focal points. Multifocal lenses offer patients the greatest freedom from corrective eyewear. Multifocal lenses can correct the effects of presbyopia, similar to bifocal or multifocal contacts without the upkeep.
Extended Depth of Focus
Extended depth of focus lenses are ideal for patients with active lifestyles since they offer outstanding distance and intermediate vision. Using an elongated focal point, as opposed to two separate focal points in multifocal lenses, allows for consistent function across all distances. Another advantage of these lenses is greater color variation, as well as no glares or halos when driving.
Similar to extended depth of focus lenses, accommodating IOLs help patients to see with greater clarity at varying depths. However, accommodative lenses are unique in that they are flexible and mimic the movement of a natural lens. The special design of accommodating IOLs allows them to provide significantly improved near vision without glasses in comparison to a monofocal IOL.
Financing Your Treatment
Our team will work closely with you to maximize insurance coverage. However, many of our patients prefer more advanced treatment options, such as multifocal lenses, which will result in out-of-pocket costs. Our practice accepts financing through CareCredit® to ensure that our patients have access to the quality vision care they deserve.
Restore Clear Vision
Our team is dedicated to providing individualized treatment that significantly improves your quality of life. To learn more about the types IOLs we offer, contact Hines Sight online or call (303) 777-3277.