Long gone are the days of patients having only one option for an intraocular lens implant for their cataract surgery.
Now, there are a wide variety of IOL options on the market, and many patients are choosing multifocal IOLs over traditional “standard” or monofocal IOLs.
What are Multifocal IOLs?
Multifocal IOLs are premium lenses that can fix a variety of vision issues above and beyond traditional IOLs.
Traditional cataract surgery has been performed with the primary goal of restoring a patient’s vision far away, so that they can drive without blurred vision, see clearly from far away, and enjoy other activities where clear vision at a distance is required.
However, with a standard IOL lens a patient would still need to wear reading glasses or bifocal lenses after surgery to correct a problem that every patient will face: presbyopia (farsightedness).
In effect, multifocal IOLs can correct presbyopia, and are similar to bifocal or multifocal contact lenses, with the exception that they are permanently implanted inside the eye, and do not require any care or routine maintenance beyond normal appointments with your eye care professional.
You can think of a multifocal IOL as a lens that is implanted inside the eye to help you see clearly at any distance, and often without the need of glasses.
What are the Benefits of Choosing a Multifocal IOL over a Standard IOL?
“Standard” or monofocal IOLs are great for providing clear vision at a distance, but patients will still need. However, patients will still need reading glasses to see clearly up close.
However, with multifocal IOLs that can treat presbyopia and astigmatism, patients are usually able to see well up close, at intermediate distances, and far away.
If there is a lens technology available that allows you to see clearly at any distance, and potentially get rid of your glasses or contact lenses, why wouldn’t you be interested in seeing if this particular treatment is right for you?
Are Multifocal IOLs Covered by Insurance? How do I Pay?
Medicare or private insurance will generally cover the cost of cataract surgery (although it’s important that you check with your provider); however most of the time you’ll have to pay the extra costs associated with multifocal or advanced technology IOLs out of pocket.
Still, there are payment options that can help take the sting out of the extra costs. At Woolfson Eye Institute we offer payment plans and financing options such as CareCredit, and can provide a variety of options to help you pay for your multifocal IOLs.
While we understand that cost is certainly a factor when determining whether or not a multifocal IOL is right for you, it’s also crucial to look at the potential benefits of these lenses as well, as your quality of life can be greatly improved, and you can save money in the long run.
I’m interested in Multifocal IOLs. What do I do now?
If you are considering cataract surgery, and are looking into whether or not multifocal IOLs are right for you, please contact Woolfson Eye Institute today at our location nearest you to schedule your cataract surgery evaluation.