Intraocular Lens Implants
Medicare and Health Plan benefits cover surgery with a standard, or monofocal, lens implant. However, you may choose to receive a specialized lens for an added fee. Private insurance policies vary, but many also offer policy holders the choice of receiving a specialized lens as long as they pay the difference. At Richens Eye Center, we offer a variety of intraocular lens implants. These are your basic categories of current IOL options:
Different IOL Options Available
- Fixed-Focus Monofocal — This type of IOL has a single focus strength for distance vision. You will still need reading glasses if you choose this IOL.
- Accommodating-Focus Monofocal — Although these lenses have a single focusing strength, they can respond to eye muscle movements and shift focus on to near or distant objects.
- Multifocal — These lenses are similar to glasses with progressive lenses. Different areas of the lens have different focusing strengths, allowing for near, medium, and far vision. At Richens, we’re proud to offer the Tecnis Symfony IOL, the state-of-the-art in multifocal lenses.
- Astigmatism Correction (Toric) — These lenses offer any of the above characteristics, plus they also correct for astigmatism.
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Intraocular Lens Options
Astigmatism Correcting Intraocular Lens
Astigmatism is a common condition that may cause blurred vision. The distorted vision is due to the eye’s cornea (corneal astigmatism) or lens (lenticular astigmatism) having an irregular shape.
Ideal Candidates for the Toric IOL
Astigmatic patients who are planning cataract surgery can request the use a Toric IOL during their lens replacement – treating the cataract and the astigmatism at the same time.
The Toric IOL is ideal for cataract patients with regular, pre-existing astigmatism.
Premium Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implants
What is a multifocal lens implant?
Unlike the monofocal lens that will focus light to only one point in space, A multifocal lens has more than one point of focus. It corrects vision at distance, intermediate and near. If you are a good candidate for these lenses, this options gives you the best possible chance to reduce your dependence on glasses.
Tecnis Symfony Multi-Focal
Richens Eye Center was among the first vision practices selected to offer this breakthrough lens. Dr. Sharon Richens and Dr. Shawno May of Richens Eye Center, St. George’s renowned eye surgeons and elite ophthalmology practice, continue their reputation for progressing vision correction in Southern Utah by offering the latest in refractive surgery technology, Abbott’s Tecnis Symfony Lens. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this first-of-its-kind intraocular lens (IOL) for cataract treatment that provides improved vision at near, intermediate, and far distances as other multifocal lenses before it, but with less incidence of halo and glare post-operatively.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. “Modern technology has completely transformed cataract surgery. Now, it provides our patients the option to improve not only their vision but their lifestyle, by reducing their dependence on glasses.” Dr. Shawno May
Advantages of Tecnis Symfony Multifocal IOLs
First approved in 1997, Multifocal IOLs enable a full range of vision, reducing the need to wear glasses or contact lenses for intermediate or near distances. Results from clinical-trials show the Tecnis Symfony IOL not only has a low occurrence of nighttime glare and halos similar to that of a standard monofocal lens while also providing continuous vision at all ranges without any drop-offs in between. In fact, 97% of patients in the trial indicated that they would elect to have the lens implanted again.
“With this approval, many more people will now have access to these game-changing lenses and the accompanying benefits, including the freedom to enjoy the activities that matter to them, while wearing glasses less. Symfony not only offers patients continuous, high-quality vision, but also treats people beyond their cataracts by addressing presbyopia and astigmatism, two common vision conditions. The Symfony IOL is truly a one of a kind lens and we are thrilled to offer it to our cataract patients.”
Potentially leave your glasses behind forever with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL), an innovative advancement in Lens Replacement surgery technology.
Advantages of the ReSTOR Multi-Focal IOL
The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL has been uniquely designed to provide enhanced image quality and a full range of vision: up close, far away and everything in-between, giving patients the best opportunity to live life nearly free of glasses.