Cataract Surgery Lens Options
As part of cataract surgery, your natural lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. There are three general categories of intraocular lenses available including multifocal, toric, and monofocal.
Cataract Replacement Lenses
Multifocal lenses will provide multiple points of focus which leads to less dependency on eyeglasses and or contacts. These advanced lenses are very similar to bifocals and multifocal contact lenses. Depending on the lens, they may correct vision far away, up close and intermediate distances. The downside is that your insurance will not cover multifocal lenses so you will have to pay out of pocket.
Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is found in the cornea and results in blurring of the vision if it is not corrected. Some people have astigmatism while others do not. People who choose this lens can expect to have good distance vision, but will need to have glasses for reading. Toric lenses require paying out of pocket as well.
A monofocal lens has one point of focus. Most people choose distance vision to drive or watch TV. Others choose near vision to have improved reading. Many people who choose this lens still need to wear glasses full time for all distances. The good news, your medical insurance will cover your procedure with the monofocal lens.
Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)
Light adjustable lenses (LALs) are unique in that they can be adjusted after surgery. Visual results after most cataract surgery is permanent. However, LALs allow for changes to your prescription after surgery to improve your vision.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery utilizes the femtosecond laser to assist with the procedure. It creates incisions, opens the capsule, and applies treatment to the cataract.