Premium Vision Options
There are now lenses and techniques available that can correct your vision at near, intermediate, and far distances, offering less dependence on glasses. These are called our Premium Vision Options. The intraocular lens chosen, and technique used by your surgeon, will vary depending on your specific eye needs and the type of visual outcome you are targeting.
Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are implantable devices that replace the natural lens in the human eye. Technology has improved drastically in recent years, and the possibility for achieving optimal visual outcomes has never been greater. Today, IOLs can treat both cataracts and presbyopia. During your consultation, a Minnesota Eye Consultants surgeon will discuss the most appropriate IOL and treatment plan for your eye, and make you aware of the risks, benefits and realistic expectations for your improved eyesight.
If you have astigmatism and have been diagnosed with cataracts, a Toric Lens may be the best option for you. Astigmatism is the refractive error where people are unable to see objects clearly from a distance or up close. When you have astigmatism, the light is focused unevenly due to the shape of the cornea: the surface of the eye is oval shaped, like a football, rather than round like a baseball. This causes images to look shadowed or blurry. Before the Toric Lens became available, cataract surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after cataract surgery for folks who needed astigmatism correction. Now with the new technology of Toric IOLs, cataracts and astigmatism can be corrected all in one surgery. However, this lens can only correct to one visual goal, so if you choose to correct your distance vision, reading glasses will be needed for near (or vise versa).
Limbal Relaxing Incisions may also be used to treat astigmatism in cataract surgery. Limbal relaxing incisions are placed on the far peripheral aspect of the cornea (the limbus) resulting in a cornea that is more round. The astigmatism is thus reduced and vision is improved.
Presbyopia, the hardening of your natural lens, generally occurs around the age of 40. As the natural lens looses its flexibility, it’s no longer able to switch back and forth from distance vision to near vision, causing folks to rely on reading glasses for near vision tasks. There are several lens options for patients interested in correcting Presbyopia during Cataract Surgery. These lenses are at an upgraded cost, as insurance will typically not cover them.
Designed to give patients back their youthful vision, the TECNIS Multifocal Lens provides qualified patients with high-quality vision at any distance, and in any light condition. The advanced TECNIS Multifocal is an implantable lens that restores vision after cataract surgery and corrects presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). It delivers results superior to those of a standard multifocal lens and offers an excellent chance to become spectacle independent.
The first in a new category of IOLs, the Tecnis Symfony lens provides a full range of continuous, high-quality vision following cataract surgery, while also mitigating the effects of presbyopia by helping people focus on near objects. This lens is considered an Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOL, as there is a continuum of vision from the distance to the near focal point.
The Accommodative IOL functions in a similar manner to the eye’s natural lens. The flexible lens offers the opportunity to focus on near or far objects in a comfortable, non-intrusive way.
Speak with your surgeon about which Premium Vision Option is right for you!