Accommodating lenses for cataracts

Intraocular lenses (IOL) are prosthetic lenses that are used to replace natural lenses in intraocular lens surgery, such as surgery to remove cataracts.

During cataract surgery, the natural lens is removed and a clear lens is inserted in its place.

Most of our physicians have sub-specialty fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma, retinal disease and surgery, oculoplastics and cosmetics, and corneal and refractive surgery.

Leading Multi-Specialty Eye Care Lexington Eye Associates has the most advanced diagnostic tools available to help to determine whether or not a patient has glaucoma, to assess the type of glaucoma that is present, and also to monitor the disease over time.

Typically, multifocal lens implants result in the least dependency on eyeglasses.

Medicare/insurance does NOT cover the cost of a multifocal lens.

Your physician will discuss with you the appropriateness of these based on your individual visual needs and on your eye examination. Accommodating IOLs are also designed to provide a continuous range of vision for distance, intermediate, and near, eliminating or reducing patients’ dependence on reading glasses or bifocals.

This is made possible by the IOL’s unique design structure, which allows the lens to move back and forth as it would during natural focusing of the eye.

Accommodating Lenses FDA approved accommodating lenses can shift from near to far vision in response to movements of the muscles in your eye similar to the natural lens in a younger eye.These lenses offer excellent distance and middle vision, but they aren’t as reliable for near vision.About 50 percent of patients who have accommodating lenses implanted still need reading glasses.Currently, the first and only FDA approved accommodating IOL is the Crystalens.Our surgeons will be able to discuss whether an accommodating IOL is the right choice for your visual needs.

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