Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

Cataract surgery improves vision by replacing the eye’s clouded lens with a specialized intraocular lens (IOL) made of medical grade plastics. Advanced lens options allow patients the opportunity to vastly improve their vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after surgery.

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Intraocular Lens Options (IOLs) in Columbus, Ohio

At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, we offer a wide range of IOL options for cataract surgery patients. Each type of IOL offers specific benefits and our vision correction experts will help you determine which lens is best for your individual needs.

Standard IOLs vs. Advanced IOLs

Cataract surgery is typically covered by insurance for patients who have reached a point where they cannot function with the distortion of their vision due to the cataract. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, offer coverage only for a standard IOL.

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The standard IOL is a monofocal lens, which means it corrects for a single power, usually distance vision. That means that if you need reading glasses or have astigmatism, you will still need corrective eyewear after cataract surgery with this type of IOL.

Advanced IOLs are innovative lenses that offer a premium post-surgery vision experience. These IOLs can correct for multiple distances, including reading vision as well as astigmatism. These types of IOLs are typically not covered by insurance, however over 30% of patients choose them because the additional out-of-pocket expense enables them to have better vision than they previously had, even before cataracts. An advanced IOL can reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses and allow patients to more easily enjoy a wider range of activities. Your surgeon will discuss if you are a candidate for these devices after your initial examination and testing is completed.

Types of Advanced IOLs

Presbyopia Correcting IOLs

Presbyopia is a type of age-related near vision loss that is very common for people over 40. A variety of intraocular lenses can allow you to enjoy life without reading glasses. Multifocal IOLs can improve vision at more than one distance by combining multiple strength correction in one lens similar to a no line bifocal. Trifocal IOLs such as the PanOptix offer quality vision improvement at near, intermediate and far distances.1 Extended depth of focus (EDOF) lenses, such as the Symfony and Vivity IOL, elongates the focal point to allow you to see at different distances for a seamless transition between near and far vision.

Accommodative IOLs

Crystalens®AO is an FDA approved IOL that allows a continuous and smooth transition from distance to intermediate vision. This lens is revolutionary for the digital age in which people are often switching between multiple devices and near and far tasks. Crystalens mimics the eye’s natural process of accommodation to help lessen dependence on corrective lenses.

Toric IOLs

Toric IOLs are designed for patients who have astigmatism, which is a common vision condition in which the shape of the cornea causes blurred or distorted vision. A toric IOL can correct for astigmatism, as well as distance vision, to give patients improved vision and reduce the need for glasses.

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Wondering Which IOL is Right For You?

At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, we are dedicated to helping each patient achieve the best vision possible. A consultation appointment is a great way to determine the best cataract treatment plan for you. We will consider your vision, your budget, and your lifestyle in order to recommend an IOL that fits your needs.

1 Yoon CH, Shin IS, Kim MK. Trifocal versus bifocal diffractive intraocular lens implantation after cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange: A meta-analysis. J Korean Med Sci 2018 Sept 27;33:44:e275. PMID 30369857

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