As the last step of cataract surgery, your damaged lens will be removed and replaced with an intraocular lens, or IOL, to restore your vision. In the past, standard monofocal IOLs were the only available option for cataract patients, but advances in technology have led to the introduction of premium options. By choosing Dr. Thomas Byrd to perform your cataract surgery, you can choose from a variety of monofocal, multifocal, and toric IOLs to meet your needs and budget. Contact our Downriver Detroit, MI practice today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the IOLs we offer.
Typically covered by health insurance, standard monofocal IOLs effectively replace a clouded crystalline lens, but they only allow patients to focus at a single distance. As a result, those with monofocal IOLs require glasses or contact lenses to read and often to see at a distance as well. The cost of a monofocal lens is included as a part of standard cataract surgery.
If you will be undergoing laser cataract surgery with Dr. Byrd, you have the choice of upgrading to a multifocal IOL, which will allow you to focus at a range of distances. We currently offer two premium multifocal IOL options:
Both brands are renowned for their quality and innovation, and these IOLs boast extremely high patient satisfaction rates.
Toric IOLs were designed for patients with astigmatism, or irregular cornea shape. We offer two types of toric IOLs:
Multifocal and toric IOLs are not covered by insurance, and their cost is not included with the fee for laser surgery.
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The type of IOL that is right for you will depend on several factors, including your individual characteristics, the type of cataract surgery being performed, and your budget. Before you undergo cataract surgery at our practice, Dr. Byrd will utilize sophisticated technology — including our Zeiss Atlas corneal topography system and Spectralis® OCT (optical coherence tomography) system — to better understand your unique ocular shape, learn more about your condition, and determine the IOL options that will best suit your needs. After selecting an IOL, we will use our LENSTAR LS 900® to create a custom surgical plan. These diagnostic procedures are included in the cost of your cataract surgery.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about the unique features of each IOL we offer, including the differences between traditional and premium lenses, contact Byrd Eye Clinic today.