25 million Americans have cataracts and many of these individuals will opt to have cataract surgery this year. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear intraocular lens or IOL.
Many of our cataract patients are unaware that they can choose from several different types of IOLs. The type of IOL that is best suited for you will depend upon several factors, such as your vision and the type of insurance you have.
Here are four factors you should consider when choosing your IOLs.
Are you hoping to ditch your glasses?
Some IOLs may require you to still use glasses occasionally. However, there are newer IOLS called multifocal IOLs that can minimize your need for glasses. However, these IOLs are more expensive and may not be covered by insurance.
Do you have astigmatism?
Most people have corneas that are round and smooth but with astigmatism, the cornea becomes curved. Individuals with astigmatism need a different kind of lens and are usually the happiest with toric IOLs. They have specific corrections built-in to treat astigmatism.
What kind of insurance do you have?
Insurance and Medicare don’t cover all types of IOLs. They do usually cover the most basic version, called monofocal lenses. This is the most popular types of lens and it usually improves distance vision.
Do you spend a lot of time working on digital devices?
If you spend a lot of time using digital devices, you may want to consider monofocal lenses that are set to improve both near and distance vision. This will help you adapt to looking at things up close and far away.
Are you still on the fence about whether or not to have cataract surgery? If you’re still unsure whether or not cataract surgery is right for you, why not schedule a consultation with Dr. Feinerman to learn more?
Surgery may be frightening for some, but Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery and has the experience to help you.