Options for Clear Vision After Cataract Surgery

Once you have made the decision to undergo cataract surgery with your eye doctor you will have a series of decisions to make related to the type of artificial lens implant you will have. Up until recently everyone who had cataract surgery received a monofocal lens implant. This lens enabled for vision of one distance, typically distances far away. With new innovations a better lens is now available. These lenses are referred to as premium lenses and come in various formats or types

  • Multifocal
  • Accomodating
  • Toric


Some of these lenses may even provide the chances of living the remainder of life glasses free! You and your eye doctor will work together to determine the right lens for your eyes. If a premium lens implant is suitable and the chances are success are good you can explore this path. Premium lenses typically come with an extra cost that Medicare does not cover. If you want more independence from glasses than perhaps paying a little extra money makes sense.

Multifocal lens implants are lenses with multiple focal points, designed to replace cataracts and correct presbyopia in order to provide a full range of vision. for near, intermediate and distance vision. At the same time these lenses offer enhanced image quality at all distances.

Accommodating lens implants are premium lenses that contain a hinge that allows for both near and far vision. The hinge helps mimick the natural lens by moving inside the eye to accommodate. The Crystalens (Bausch & Lomb) currently is the only FDA approved intraocular lens (IOL) that uses a method called accommodation.

Toric Lens Implants are astigmatism correcting Monofocal Lens implants. This is a lens with a single focal point designed to correct for cataracts and pre-existing astigmatism. These lenses will provide distance vision while glasses will be required for near vision activities such as reading.