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Lens Implants at Spector Eye Care in Connecticut

For 20 years Dr. Spector has been offering patients Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL) to correct vision after cataract surgery. However, up until recently, choosing the type of Lens Implant to correct your vision after cataract surgery was exclusively within the scope of the cataract specialist’s recommendations. Today, at Spector Eye Care and New Vision Cataract Center, there are many types of Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL) that Dr. Spector can use in order to provide you with the best results to match your lifestyle.

These different types of Lens Implants include Monofocal Lens Implants which are the most basic type of lens implant and only correct distance vision and not arms length or close reading vision, aspheric lens implants which offer a higher quality of distance vision but still do not correct arms length or close reading vision, Toric Lens Implants for those patients with astigmatism and near vision presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants such as the ReSTOR® Lens Implant and Crystalens lens implant which correct distance vision, as well as arms length vision and close reading vision for most patients. Based on the results of your cataract evaluation, your lifestyle and your desire to conduct your daily activities without being dependent on eyeglasses, contact lenses, bifocals or reading glasses, Dr. Spector and his staff will guide you in choosing the best Lens Implant for your individual needs.

  • Aspheric Lens Implants
  • Astigmatism Correcting Lens Implants
  • Monofocal Lens Implants
  • Presbyopia Correcting Multifocal Lens Implants
  • Toric Lens Implants

Aspheric Lens Implants

An aspheric lens Implant is a type of Lens Implant that is specifically designed to reduce the visual disturbances caused by the optical aberrations found in ordinary lens implants. This reduces the tendency to see “glare” that you might experience with basic Lens Implants and thus can offer improved sharpness and contrast, helping patients achieve the clearest possible vision in certain lighting conditions. Aspheric lens implants only correct distance or far vision, such as that required for driving. Aspheric lens implants do not usually correct intermediate or “arms length” vision, such as that required for viewing computer screens, and do not correct near vision as required for reading. Patients who wish to have the best quality of distance vision, especially in dim or dusky conditions, may wish to consider an aspheric lens implant, but need to remember that it will still be necessary to wear reading glasses or bifocals to correct their intermediate and near vision. Aspheric lens mplants usually cost slightly more than a basic lens implant and it is possible that your insurance will not completely cover the cost of the aspheric lens implant. If you are particularly demanding and want the best possible distance vision after your cataract surgery, you will be able to discuss this option with Dr. Spector and the staff during your cataract consultation. Dr. Spector and the staff will take the time necessary to explain all of the possible benefits and limitations of aspheric lens Implants and the Lens Counselor will be able to explain any additional costs and arrange payment if necessary.

Astigmatism Correcting Toric Lens Implants

Toric lens implants are a type of Lens Implant that can correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is an optical aberration that is caused by the cornea being shaped more like a football than spherical like a baseball. For cataract patients who have astigmatism, and who do not wish to wear eyeglasses to see clearly at a distance, choosing a Toric lens implant can help them be independent of glasses for tasks such as driving, that require clear distance vision. Toric lens implants do not correct presbyopia, and thus even with Toric lens implants to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery, most patients still require reading glasses or bifocals to be able to comfortably perform near vision tasks, such as reading and intermediate vision tasks such as computer work. If you have a considerable amount of astigmatism, Dr. Spector will discuss Toric lens implants with you, as they may be a good option for providing you with the best possible vision without needing eyeglasses to see at distance after your cataract surgery.

Monofocal Lens Implants

A Monofocal lens implant is the most basic type of Lens Implant used to correct vision after Cataract Surgery. Until recently, all lens implants were of a type called a monofocal ens implant. A Monofocal Lens Implant can provide very good vision after cataract surgery-but only at one set distance-usually for seeing things at a distance such as for driving or going to the movies. A monofocal lens implant does not correct intermediate or arms length vision for doing things like playing cards and seeing the golf ball on the tee, or even seeing computer screens clearly. Monofocal lens Iimplants also do not correct near vision for doing things up close such as seeing medicine bottles, reading or keeping your golf score, as these tasks require the correction of presbyopia. Thus in about 70% of cases, patients electing to have monofocal lens implants will be dependent on glasses either some or most of the time.

Presbyopia Correcting Lens Implants

Near vision presbyopia correcting lens Implants provide excellent vision after cataract surgery at the full range of distances- far or distance vision, arms length or intermediate vision and up close near vision. Depending on your specific vision requirements, there are several types of presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants that Dr. Spector may select. These include the Tecnis® Multifocal intraocular lens implant and the ReSTOR® lens implant. Each of these lens implants or intraocular lenses (IOL) work in a different way to help you achieve your vision correction goals of being able to see at a variety of distances without being dependent on eyeglasses, bifocals or reading glasses. Dr. Spector will be able to suggest which one will help you achieve your vision correction goals. Patients choosing multifocal lens implants typically experience a greater overall freedom from glasses allowing them to participate in most everyday activities without dependence on, or the hassle of glasses.

As with any surgical procedure, there are always risks as well as benefits. During your visit to our office we will perform a cataract examination and then arrange your cataract surgery scheduling. In addition, we will then spend the time necessary to review the everyday activities that are most important to you. As you prepare for your visit to Spector Eye Care and New Vision Cataract Center for your examination, it will be helpful if you begin thinking about what those activities are so that you can discuss them and explore them with the staff.

If you decide to have a near vision presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implant, our staff will make sure to review your questions and fully explain any additional fees related to the implant that you might be responsible for. Medicare and most insurance covers the cost of the cataract surgery, the surgical facility fee for cataract surgery, the surgical fee for cataract surgery-but not the cost of the presbyopia correcting multifocal lens and its implantation. In most cases, Medicare or the insurance provider asks us to bill you for the additional cost of the necessary testing, the multifocal lens itself and its implantation. Our staff will be pleased to review any costs as well arrange easy affordable monthly payments to fit your budget, should you decide that the multifocal lens is the best choice.

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