Once the cataract has been removed, whether with or without the use of a laser, the surgeon places an intraocular lens implant (IOL) into the eye, replacing the natural lens that had developed a cataract.
One option for this lens implant is the standard, or conventional, IOL. This lens will restore excellent distance vision in patients who do not have astigmatism. Because this lens does not flex or accommodate like the natural lens, a patient who receives standard IOLs will probably be dependent on reading glasses for close vision.
Patients who are planning to have cataract surgery on both eyes may sometimes elect for monovision, a procedure where one lens is selected for good distance vision and the other is selected for better near vision. In patients who tolerate monovision well, dependence on reading glasses may be greatly reduced. However, some patients do not tolerate monovision well: these patients often complain of blurry distance vision or problems with depth perception. Monovision can be demonstrated for a patient in the clinic with a pair of lenses in trial frames or sometimes with a pair of trial contact lenses which the patient can wear home and try out in real-world situations.
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Our team of cataract specialists is among the most experienced in Utah. More importantly, they are among the most experienced in the country with the highest levels of cataract surgery technology: multifocal implants and laser-assisted procedures.
EyeSurg of Utah is our on-site, state-certified, Medicare-approved ambulatory surgery center. It was designed from the start to optimize cataract and other vision correction procedures, and its nursing and technician staff are all specialized for eye care. It offers advantages in speed and efficiency over a hospital or general surgery center, as well as reduced risk of infection.
While our goal is to provide the safest, most advanced cataract procedures possible, we are also very proud of how affordable our care is. We work with almost all major insurance companies, and any upgrades not covered by insurance are often eligible for no-interest payment plans.
In order to help patients and prospective patients better understand these lens implant procedures, the surgeons of Hoopes Vision have written a book, Cataract, Lasers, and Refractive Lens Implants: A Guide for Patients and Their Families. It is available for free download here, or if you would like a paper copy, please feel free to contact us.
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If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and want to learn more about your lens implant options, please contact us. We would be happy to give you an examination and VIP consultation to determine your treatment options. This visit is usually covered by medical insurances including Medicare.