Lens Implants in Tempe, Ahwatukee and Sun Lakes

Cloudy, blurry vision often indicates the presence of cataracts, especially in men and women over age 50. Our ophthalmologists and staff provide personalized care for cataract surgery patients at our Tempe and Ahwatukee, Arizona offices.

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Standard Cataract Surgery versus Premium Cataract Surgery Options

A cataract, also known as the “crystalline lens,” is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cataracts are typically found in middle-aged to older people and can be attributed to normal aging. When a cataract becomes too cloudy, a person will no longer see clearly and cataract surgery becomes necessary. Fortunately, this is very safe and has become one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States.

In most cases, cataract surgery is done under local anesthesia. Fortunately, it is typically painless, sutureless (no stitches!), done in 15-20 minutes typically, and you are able to return home within a couple hours in most cases.

The actual surgical procedure to remove cataracts includes both removal of the cloudy cataract lens and replacement with an artificial lens (cataract lens implant) to restore vision. Artificial lenses are also known as IOL’s (intraocular lenses). Intraocular lens implants have been used since the 1960’s. Prior to this major discovery, patients had to wear very thick glasses after cataract surgery. With the advent of intraocular lenses, and continuing advancements in this area, we now have more lens implant options to solve a lot more visual problems than ever before. Cataract surgeons have much more to consider when deciding which lens is best for their patient’s needs and lifestyle. And patients are also becoming more involved in the lens implant choice as well.

If you are considering cataract surgery, please schedule an appointment with our expert surgeons today. There are several IOL (intraocular lens implants) options that you can consider even before coming in to see one of our eye surgeons. Below you will find additional information regarding Premium versus Standard Lens Implants, as well as other premium options, such as LensAR (laser cataract surgery). Feel free to research these options more or give us a call and we would be more than happy to answer your questions or schedule you with one of our surgeons.

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Learn More About Lens Implant and Your Options

Standard (Monofocal) Intraocular Lens Implants:

Advantages:
  1. Covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare.
  2. Good for distance vision in patients without astigmatism.
  3. Sometimes used for maintaining near vision in patients that are naturally near-sighted and prefer to read without reading glasses or bifocal, but need glasses for distance in this case.
Disadvantages:
  1. Many patients still require glasses for “perfect” distance and near vision.
  2. Some patients can get by with over the counter reading glasses for near vision
  3. If you are currently near-sighted (able to read without glasses), you will likely require readers or a bifocal for reading after cataract surgery with this standard lens option.

Premium Intraocular Lens Implants (Toric and Multifocal types):

Advantages:
  1. A premium lens can improve both your near and far vision.
  2. Some models of premium intraocular lenses can reduce or eliminate astigmatism (toric implants).
  3. Most of our patients will not need to wear prescription glasses after the procedure is completed on both eyes with these lenses, however, this is not a guarantee, as some patients may still prefer to wear glasses for clearest visual potential.

Toric Premium Intraocular Lens Implants:

Advantages:
  1. Most of the population has some level of astigmatism.  This is a warpage or irregularity of the cornea, which is the clear front window of the eye, and happens to be a powerful lens as well.  Small amounts of astigmatism can be tolerated without glasses.  But, for a lot of us, glasses are required to correct this component of the vision.  If present, this type of lens will correct your astigmatism and provide excellent uncorrected distance vision in most cases.
  2. You will be independent of wearing glasses for most distance activities, such as driving and watching television in most cases.
  3. You will be able to wear store bought sunglasses off the rack without prescription for distance/outdoor activities.
Disadvantages:
  1. These lenses are not covered by private insurance companies or Medicare.
  2. Toric lens implants are not ideal for everyone.  For example, patients with retinal diseases such as macular degeneration may not achieve full visual benefits from this type of implant and therefore may not be worth the added cost for them.

Multifocal Premium Intraocular Lens Implants:

Advantages:
  1. Achieving most independence from glasses
  2. The goal of these lenses is to correct the distance AND the reading/near vision without glasses.
  3. The most modern options, such as the Panoptix lens implant by Alcon, can correct the distance, intermediate (computer vision), as well as the reading vision.
  4. These lenses now come in toric format as well so that patients with astigmatism can also receive the full visual benefit from this lens implant (correcting distance, intermediate, and near vision, as well as astigmatism without the need for glasses in most cases!)
Disadvantages:
  1. These lenses are not covered by private insurance companies or Medicare.
  2. Some patients report mild night time glare and halos with these lens implants, but this is even less with the newest lens options, such as the Panoptix or Symfony lens implants.
  3. Some patients may still require weak readers for fine print or extended duration reading.

Laser Cataract Surgery (LensAR):

Advantages:
  1. Quicker recovery, clearer vision sooner in most cases
  2. Quicker surgery, less pain, less anesthesia in some cases
  3. Less manipulation of the eye during surgery, means less inflammation and lower chance for intraoperative, as well as postoperative complications.
  4. Although cataract surgery by conventional means (phacoemulsification) is considered very safe, this approach using a laser is perhaps even safer, and can yield more predictable and better outcomes in certain cases.
  5. Can accurately correct small amounts of astigmatism in cases where a toric implant cannot do so, yielding clearest uncorrected visual potentials.
  6. Great to combine this technique with premium lenses (toric or multifocal lenses) to achieve highest levels of uncorrected vision and patient satisfaction.
Disadvantages:
  1. Additional out-of-pocket expense for laser cataract surgery

With any type of eye surgery, it is always best to discuss all of your options with your eye surgeon to determine which lens option is best suited for your lifestyle.

We realize surgery can be expensive and some of these premium cataract surgery lenses and options are not in everyone’s budget.  We also offer Care Credit to help finance these premium lens options if you are interested.  Please see the link on this page.

Here at Ophthalmic Surgeons and Physicians, we are highly specialized in cataract surgery and all of the cataract lens implant options.  Our surgeons are highly skilled in cataract surgery and remain up-to-date with the most advanced premium lens implant options.

For more information regarding premium lens implants, please do not hesitate to call us with questions or to schedule an in-person consultation.  You can reach us at (480) 360-2020 and schedule to see us at any of our three convenient locations.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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