Premium IOLs vs. Traditional IOLs

An intraocular lens (IOL) is a vital part of cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, Dr. Thomas J. Byrd will remove the cataract-obscured lens from your eye and insert an IOL implant in its place. Depending on your specific goals, he may recommend a traditional or premium lens. Traditional lenses are able to significantly improve your vision. However, premium lenses can offer more precise vision and additional benefits. If you are unsure which lens option is best for you, Dr. Byrd can explain the benefits of premium IOLs vs. traditional IOLs. Contact Byrd Eye Clinic in Downriver Detroit, MI, to schedule an appointment.

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Traditional IOLs Improve Vision at One Distance

Traditional IOLs are also referred to as monofocal lenses. These IOLs only focus at a single distance, and you will typically require corrective eyewear to obtain your best possible distance vision. Additionally, you will still require glasses or contacts for reading or other close work. Standard monofocal lenses are also unable to treat astigmatism. However, with a standard monofocal IOL, you can enjoy better vision than you had before cataract surgery. 

Premium IOLs and Your Lens Options

There are several kinds of premium IOLs available with Byrd Eye Clinic:

  • Accommodating lenses: Like your natural lenses, accommodating IOLs are flexible. The lens adjusts with the natural movements of the eye, allowing you to see at multiple distances. We offer both toric (TRULIGN®) and spherical (Crystalens®) accommodating lenses.
  • Toric lenses: With toric lenses, Dr. Byrd can treat cataracts and astigmatism simultaneously. A toric lens will correct astigmatism by refracting light to varying distances, and counteracting the irregular shape of your cornea. We provide patients with Alcon AcrySof® Toric IOLs or Bausch + Lomb TRULIGN® Toric IOLs.
  • Multifocal lenses: Multifocal lenses have concentric visual zones. Each zone will correct vision at a different distance. It may take some time to adjust to a multifocal lens, just as it would take time to become used to bifocal glasses. We offer the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL.

Because a premium IOL will correct vision at all distances, you will rely far less on glasses or contacts than patients with standard IOLs. Typically, you will be able to pass a driving test without corrective lenses. While you may still need reading glasses for extended periods or fine print, you can often complete routine tasks, such as grocery shopping, without them.

Choosing the Right Type of IOLs

Both premium and traditional lenses come in varying strengths. Dr. Byrd can use our innovative ORATM system to measure your eye and determine the right power IOL for you. When helping you choose your IOL, Dr. Byrd will also consider your lifestyle and budget. If you are particularly active, or if you do a lot of fine, detail work, a premium lens may be the right option. You are also a good candidate for a toric IOL if you suffer from astigmatism.

Our practice accepts CareCredit℠ and will work with you to place the cost of premium IOLs comfortably in your budget.

Premium IOLs require more precise placement than traditional lenses. Therefore, if you choose a premium lens, Dr. Byrd will perform laser cataract surgery for greater accuracy. Premium IOLs are not totally covered in the cost of cataract surgery as traditional lenses are, because insurance typically does not cover the price difference between them. Nevertheless, like many patients, you may be willing to invest in premium lenses to enjoy an improved quality of life. Our practice also accepts CareCredit℠ and will work with you to place the cost of premium IOLs comfortably in your budget.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Byrd

Contact our office to learn more about the various types of IOLs and to find out which one may be most appropriate for your cataract surgery. 

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