New technology in vision enhancement enables your surgeon to not only remove your cataracts but actually restore your vision to a level that you may not have experienced in many years. Accommodating IOLs are the newest and most advanced type of these technologies. They are called Accommodating because they adjust the focus within your eyes to accommodate whatever distance you are viewing. Our patients who have received these amazing lenses are thrilled with their ability to see clearly at long distances, mid-range and even up close, like reading small print.
The vast majority of our patients enjoy significantly improved distance vision and the ability to read their smart phones without reading glasses. Some of our patients even report the ability to read 4-point font, which is found on road maps and medicine bottles.
This is a virtually painless procedure performed in an outpatient surgical facility. You will receive anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye and you’ll be offered medication to help you relax. The actual surgery usually takes less than 15 minutes per eye.
Typically you will be able to return to work and to normal activities following your one-day post op visit. You will be provided with medications to prevent infection and decrease inflammation and a protective shield to cover your eye while sleeping.
The costs vary considerably depending on whether you choose to correct your refractive error as well as eliminate your cataracts or if you decide to simply remove your cataract vision obstructions. In most cases insurance will cover much of the cataract removal portion of the procedure cost but usually not the cost for correcting the refractive error or presbyopia.
Considering all that Intraocular Lens implants do for nearsighted, farsighted and presbyopic patients, and the fact that it is permanent, most people agree that it is well worth the added investment. We have several options available to help with financing which will be discussed with you during your cataract exam.
First, a consultant will discuss the procedure and your candidacy with you. We will then perform a thorough examination and advise you of a customized treatment plan for you. Just give our office a call at +91 9231751770 to schedule your consultation.
With bifocal eyeglasses, you look through the top part of the lens for distance, and through the bottom area of the lens for near. The multifocal lens implant is a specially engineered optic, which provides both, a distance focus, and a near focus at all times. Your brain will learn to automatically select the focus that is appropriate for the task at hand.
For the majority of patients, multifocal lens implants will not entirely eliminate eyeglasses. There may be situations where the print or the images are simply to small or too far away to see without the help of glasses. Your retina must be completely healthy to achieve the optimum results.
Depending upon the size of your pupils, you may see linear halos at night, which appear as thin circles within a light source. These halos are different from, and much less problematic than those caused by cataracts. They relate to viewing distant lights through both the near and far focusing zones of the lens. These halos become less noticeable and distracting over time as the brain learns to selectively ignore them through a process called neuroadaptation. How quickly this adjustment occurs varies for different people, but usually over a one year period of time. Even a standard lens implant can produce some halos at night. This is because the pupil dilates in the dark allowing more light to enter the interior of the eyeball and scatter off of the peripheral parts of the lens implant. Many patients seem to hardly notice them at all.
Yes, this is possible when the other eye already has a standard implant, or when there is no cataract in the opposite eye. Although some doctors do this, Dr. Lindahl prefers to implant them bilaterally, as they perform best as a binocular system.
This is always possible but entails the risks of additional surgery. However, there may be a rare individual for whom the halos continue to be unacceptable, and who then elects to have the multifocal lens replaced with a standard lens implant. One should not rush into this decision because the ghost images nearly always improve over time.
Unfortunately it will not cover the cost. Health insurance, whether a PPO, HMO, or Medicare, cover a cataract operation with a standard lens implant when the cataract is bad enough to be considered "medically necessary." The additional fee to upgrade from the conventional to the multifocal lens implant is not covered, because the added convenience of reducing your dependence on glasses is not considered "medically necessary."
The multifocal lens implant is the one technology that can allow a 50+ year-old to have focus both far and near without glasses. For this reason, people over the age of 50 wearing strong prescription glasses may elect to have multifocal lens implants in order to see better without glasses. However, with no cataract present, health insurance covers none of the costs. The procedure is performed the same way as for cataract surgery. Therefore, patients electing to have lens implant surgery to reduce their need for glasses, will never have to worry about developing cataracts later in life.
Every artificial lens implant model, both standard and multifocal, is manufactured in more than 60 different powers. As with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, it is important to match the appropriate artificial lens implant power to your eye. The appropriate power of the lens implant can be estimated using mathematical formulas that utilize preoperative measurements of your eye's dimensions. For a multifocal lens implant to work well, it is very important for the selected lens power to match your individual eye. Every type of eye procedure intending to reduce a person's need for glasses may need to be "enhanced" with additional surgery. This unpredictability is understandable because we are working with human tissue, not machining plastic or metal. The need will also depend on how much better one wants to see without glasses.
The decision about which type of artificial lens implant to have will only affect your ability to see without glasses following cataract surgery. With both standard and multifocal lens implants, most people will see reasonably well in the distance without any glasses. Multifocal lens implants will provide the added convenience of being able to read many things without glasses. Multifocal implants are an excellent option for patients who already need cataract surgery and want to decrease their reliance on glasses, and should greatly improve the odds that you will be able to read and see better overall without glasses.
IOLs have been around since the late 1940s and were the first devices to be implanted in the body. Unlike natural lenses, IOLs do not break down over a person's lifetime and do not need to be replaced. It is possible to exchange implants if necessary.
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are medical devices that are implanted inside the eye to replace the eye's natural lens when it is removed during cataract surgery. IOLs also are used for a type of vision correction surgery called refractive lens exchange.
Fifty-four percent of the surgeons say they use the Alcon IQ Aspheric IOL for most of their cases, while 31 percent prefer the J&J Vision Tecnis one-piece lens. Six percent use the B+L enVista, 4 percent like the B+L SofPort AO, 2 percent prefer the B+L Akreos AO and 2 percent like the Hoya iSymm/iSert.
Intraocular lenses work much in the same way as a natural lens would. As light rays enter the eye the IOL bends (or refracts) the light rays to help you see with accuracy. A lens implant may have various focusing powers, just like prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Do NOT rub your eyes, especially for the first 3 to 5 days. You may also experience sensitivity to light, glare, starbursts or halos around lights, or the whites of your eye may look red or bloodshot. These symptoms should decrease as your eye recovers over the next several weeks.
Some patients ask if they will have 20/20 vision after the procedure. Most patients can achieve 20/20 vision as long as they have no other conditions. Conditions that can affect the quality of vision after cataract surgery include: Glaucoma.
Even with treatment, about 15 percent of the time glaucoma can lead to blindness in at least one eye over a period of 20 years. Fortunately, glaucoma typically progresses very slowly, over years. The progression of vision loss can be stunted, slowed, or even stopped with treatment.
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It usually develops slowly and can take 15 years for untreated early-onset glaucoma to develop into blindness. However, if the pressure in the eye is high, the disease is likely to develop more rapidly.
If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to significant vision loss in both eyes, and may even lead to blindness. A less common type of glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma, usually occurs abruptly due to a rapid increase of pressure in the eye.