Your eyes function by constantly adjusting focus – up-close for reading, or increasingly further away for watching television, working on the computer or driving. This ability to quickly change focus between distances is called “accommodation.”
As a natural result of aging, accommodation diminishes, requiring many of us to wear bifocals or reading glasses to correct our vision in later life.
Traditional lens implants during cataract surgery generally provided good distance vision. However, most patients will still need reading glasses following surgery, and others may need glasses for astigmatism or distance vision. Such lens implants are generally covered by insurance.
Modern lens implants open up the possibility of correcting astigmatism as well as near vision, thereby greatly reducing or potentially eliminating the need for glasses following cataract surgery.
The Board-certified surgeons at Northeastern Eye Institute choose from a variety of advanced lens implants depending upon the prescription and ocular condition of the patient undergoing. Also known as premium lens implants, the advanced IOLs preferred by the surgeons at Northeastern Eye Institute include:
The choice of lens is dependent upon the patient’s prescription and his/her vision goals and needs.
There are many benefits to an advanced lens implant:
- Better range of vision: Following cataract surgery, most patients implanted with a premium lens will have excellent near and distance vision, plus good intermediate vision without reading glasses or bifocals. Many patients generally have their vision improved to a point that they would be able to pass the visual acuity portion of the driver's license exam in most states without corrective eyewear.
- The ability to read quickly and easily: Depending upon the lens, patients experience a vast improvement in reading and near vision capabilities, enabling them to read newspapers, labels, and other close-up objects.
- Better vision for various lighting situations: An advanced, premium lens delivers quality vision for various lighting situations, similar to the way the eye naturally adjusts to a change in brightness. In brightly lit conditions, the central diffractive portion of the lens sends light waves simultaneously to both near and distant focal points. In dimly lit conditions, the surrounding refractive area uses greater energy for distance vision.
Contact Northeastern Eye Institute today to learn about advanced or premium lens IOLs for cataract surgery. Call toll-free at (800) 844-6315 or (570) 342-3145, or email us to schedule an appointment.