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Choosing an Intraocular Lens (IOL) For Cataract Surgery


Interocular Lenses for Cataracts

During cataract surgery, your natural cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL.

There are some excellent advanced technology or “premium” lens options to choose from. Dr. Evans will let you know what type of lens you are a candidate for and help you decide which one is right for you.

Some of the types of the lenses available include:

  • Monofocal lens – provides a single focus strength and can provide distance or near vision, but you will still need glasses.
  • Toric lens – provides the best vision correction for patients with moderate to severe astigmatism. You will still need glasses, but your vision will be less blurred or distorted by correcting the astigmatism.
  • Multifocal lens – can correct distance, intermediate and near vision reducing your need of glasses by 95%. These lenses also come in a toric option to correct moderate to severe astigmatism.

Are IOLs Covered By Insurance

Medicare and most insurance companies will cover the monofocal lens. You will be able to see more clearly with the cataract removed, but you will still need glasses.

Other options that reduce your need for glasses, such as the toric lens and multifocal lens are considered “premium” lenses, and unfortunately are not considered medically necessary. These advanced technology “premium” lenses are not covered by insurance.

We will guide you through which lenses you are a candidate for based on your needs and lifestyle.

Talk to Dr.Evans to find out what lens is best for you. Call today to schedule an appointment in Athens or Greensboro!

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