Standard vs. Premium Implant Options
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. When a cataract becomes cloudy enough to make the activities of daily living difficult, the board certified cataract doctors and cataract surgeons at SightMD will suggest cataract surgery. We perform cataract surgery using the most advanced techniques available. Our patients are able to stay in their own comfortable clothes and receive IV sedation to relax. Through a microscopic incision our surgeons use gentle computer controlled ultrasound called phacoemulsification to remove the defective lens of the eye. An intraocular implant or IOL is then placed to restore vision.
In modern cataract surgery, there is a choice in intraocular lens implants. The traditional or standard implant is usually covered by all insurance companies including Medicare. This implant is designed to give a patient good distance vision in those patients that do not have significant astigmatism. Patients that choose standard implants will wear glasses for near activities and if there is astigmatism, many of these patients will need glasses for near and far. This used to be the only choice in cataract surgery.
There are several intraocular lens implants that are able to give a patient near and far without glasses in many cases. The accommodating choice is Crystalens®. Crystalens® works by moving slightly in the eye and therefore increases range of vision. Multifocal implants are a premium choice as well. With multifocal lenses, there are rings designed into the lens that alternate for near and far and give simultaneous near and far vision. These implants are the ReSTOR® and TECNIS® Multifocal. Our eye surgeons also use the Alcon Acrysof Toric implant that is designed to reduce or eliminate astigmatism. Astigmatism describes a cornea that is more oval than spherical. This creates blur at distance and near. This is corrected by the Toric implant.
Premium lens implants are typically not covered by insurance companies and Medicare. The extra fee accounts for the special implant only. The eye doctor, facility, and anesthesiologist are still covered in routine fashion. SightMD offers zero percent financing for two years through CareCredit to help our patients with the added expense. We also encourage flex spending accounts.