Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs) are the artificial lenses that replace the eye’s natural lens that is removed during cataract surgery. At Frantz Cataract Center, you may choose to have a premium refractive procedure with the LenSx laser or traditional surgery.
Dr. Frantz and our Specialty Lens Counselor will help you select a lens implant that fits your specific lifestyle and eye health needs.
1) Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with a premium intraocular lens and Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI): You may choose a ReSTOR CustomLens IOL or Symfony Extended Depth of Focus IOL. After your surgery your visual outcome will greatly decrease your dependence on glasses following surgery. With a ReSTOR lens you can read a book, drive a car, and play golf or tennis with increased freedom from glasses. The Symfony extended Depth of focus lens provides improved night vision as well as sharp distance and intermediate vision.
2) Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with a Crystalens IOL and Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI): The Crystalens is designed to flex like the eye’s natural lens, giving you an active range of vision from arm’s length to distance. Many patients enjoy increased independence from their glasses with the Crystalens allowing them to enjoy doing more of their favorite activities, such as driving during the day or evening, playing sports, cooking, or using a computer or tablet.
3) Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with a Monofocal Toric IOL: If you have astigmatism, a Toric IOL makes it possible to treat the cataract and correct the corneal astigmatism at the same time. If you have both a cataract and a corneal astigmatism, you will not regain high-quality distance vision after surgery to remove the cataract unless the astigmatism is also corrected. The unique design of this lens provides significantly improved distance vision and may reduce the need for corrective lenses.
4) Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with a Standard Monofocal Lens with Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI): If you have a lower amount of astigmatism, you can have your corneal astigmatism corrected with limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) at the same time as your cataract surgery.
5) Traditional Cataract Surgery with Basic Monofocal Lens: This is the only option that is covered by Medicare & most insurances. If you choose to have traditional cataract surgery with a basic monofocal lens implant for your after surgery visual outcome, you may decide to have both eyes corrected for distance vision and wear reading glasses for near vision, or have both eyes corrected for near vision and wear prescription glasses or contact lenses for distance vision. Another option is to have monovision where your dominant eye is corrected for distance vision while your non-dominant eye is corrected for near vision. With monovision, you may not need reading or distance glasses.
To learn more about cataract surgery and the new LenSx bladeless laser cataract surgery, call one of our convenient locations, or schedule an appointment online