Cataract Lens Implants
& Range of Vision
There are many types of Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL) that we can use in order to provide you with the best results to match your lifestyle and activities after cataract surgery. These different types of lens implants include Monofocal Lens Implants which are the most basic type of lens implant and only correct distance vision and not arms-length or close reading vision, aspheric lens implants which offer a higher quality of distance vision but still do not correct arms-length or close reading vision, toric lens implants for those patients with astigmatism and presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants such as the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix™ Trifocal Lens Implant, the TECNIS Symfony Lens Implant (IOL) and the AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision Intraocular Lens which correct distance vision, as well as arms-length vision and close reading vision for most patients. Presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants are a good choice for those who wish to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses, bifocals and reading glasses after cataract surgery.
About Mini Monovision
For some patients it is possible to create “mini monovision” to help reduce reliance on postoperative glasses by making one eye a little nearsighted making it easier to read and see objects in the intermediate range of vision. Many of these patients will only need glasses just to see very fine print or for night driving, being eyeglass independent the rest of the time.
Preparing for Your Cataract Consultation
As with any surgical procedure, there are always risks as well as benefits. During your eye examination and cataract consultation, we will perform a thorough cataract evaluation including the necessary testing and then arrange the scheduling of your cataract surgery. In addition, we will spend the time necessary to review the everyday activities that are most important to you-and whether being independent of glasses for those activities is something that you would like to achieve. As you prepare for your visit to Matossian Eye Associates for your examination it will be helpful if you begin thinking about what those activities are so that you can discuss them and explore them with our staff.
If your cataract surgeon recommends an astigmatism correcting toric lens implant or a presbyopia correcting lens implant, our staff will make sure to review your questions and fully explain any additional fees related to the lens implant for which you might be responsible. Medicare and most insurance plans cover the surgical facility fee for cataract surgery and the surgical fee for cataract surgery-but not the cost of additional testing and the actual advanced technology lens implants. In most cases, Medicare or the insurance provider asks Matossian Eye Associates to bill you for the additional cost of the necessary testing, the lens itself and its implantation. Our staff will be pleased to review any costs as well arrange easy affordable monthly payments to fit your budget, should you decide that this lens is your best choice.