Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the world, with about 10 percent of Americans affected. But what are cataracts? A cataract is cloudiness that develops in the clear lens of the eye and is the basic medical terminology for when a clear lens turns cloudy. Located just behind the pupil, the lens of the eye is what fine tunes the focus of light on the retina. Cataracts diminish the amount of light reaching the retina. This is the part of your eye that changes light images into electrical impulses and sends them to the brain by the optic nerve and can worsen with time. What’s worse is that even a small cataract can have a significant impact on vision reduction if it’s centrally located in the lens.
If you have cataracts, all hope is not lost. Because the condition is so common, advances in technology have made cataract surgery one of the most successful surgical procedures in the world. The magic bullet in this equation is what is known as an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a medical device implanted inside the eye to replace the eye’s natural lens once it is removed during cataract surgery. This vision correction surgery is referred to as refractive lens exchange.
Read on to learn about the benefits of choosing premium IOLs for cataract surgery.
Cataract Surgery Isn’t What it Used to Be
FDA approved IOLs have been available since the early 1980’s. Thanks to advances in technology, you no longer have to wear very thick glasses or special contacts after cataract surgery to be able to see. With premium IOLs implanted in your eyes, you can see the world clearly.
You Have Options
There are a wide variety of premium IOLs to choose from, with the best option for you depending on many factors, including your lifestyle and specific vision needs.
Premium is Best
Premium IOLs are considered the best because they have advanced features, far outweighing the benefits of basic single IOLs covered by Medicare and other types of health insurance. Your cataract surgeon will help you choose the best IOL for your needs during your pre-op exam and consultation.
Premium IOLs are a much closer match to the shape and optical quality of the eye’s natural lens, resulting in sharper vision after surgery, especially in low light conditions and for those with larger pupils.
Two Birds with One Stone
With premium IOLs, you can correct more than just cataracts. Premium intraocular lenses can also correct astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Even better? Multifocal IOLs can reduce or remove your need for reading glasses!
Dr. Feinerman will work with you to determine the right lens for your eyes. If an advanced technology lens implant is suitable and the chances of success are good, you may explore this path. Advanced technology lenses typically come with an extra cost that Medicare does not cover. However, if you lead an active lifestyle and want more independence from glasses, it might be the right decision for you.
Want more information about premium IOLS? Schedule your consultation with Feinerman Vision Center!