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Cataract Surgery – Jacksonville Treatment Available

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye, usually caused by aging and it can be treated with cataract surgery Jacksonville. An artificial intraocular lens, or IOL, replaces the eye’s natural lens that is removed during cataract surgery. IOLs have been successfully used since the mid-1960s. Before that, if you had cataracts removed, you had to wear very thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses in order to see after the surgery.

There now are numerous forms of IOLs to improve your post-surgery vision. If you or someone you know will be undergoing cataract surgery, please consider your choices in the following summary of recently developed Intraocular Lens.

Premium Intraocular Lenses

Traditional IOLs are monofocal, meaning they offer vision at one distance only. Traditional IOLs mean that you must wear eyeglasses or contact lenses in order to read, use a computer or view objects in the middle distances.

  • The new multifocal IOLs (ReSTOR and Tecnis) and accommodating IOLs (Crystalens) offer the possibility of seeing well at more than one distance, without glasses or contacts.
  • These IOLs are considered “premium” lenses, which means Medicare and most health care plans will pay a portion of the cost of your surgery and the IOL and you must pay additional associated costs yourself.
  • Toric IOLs designed to correct higher degrees of astigmatism are also considered “premium” lenses. Like multifocal and accommodating IOLs, there are costs beyond insurance coverage.
  • Another form of premium IOL called an Ashperic IOL is used for patients who have had problems with night vision before their surgery or who have certain types of “aberrations” in their vision and could not see clearly even with normal glasses or contact lenses before their cataract surgery. Aspheric IOLs reduce these night vision and/or vision “aberrations” to produce the maximum potential vision for the eye.

cataract surgery Jacksonville - ocular implantMonovision with Intraocular Lenses

If your cataract surgery involves both eyes as is usually the case, your surgeon might discuss “Monovision Lenses” with you. This involves implanting a monofocal (one power) IOL (could also be a toric or aspheric IOL) in one eye that provides near vision and an IOL in the other eye that provides distance vision.

  • Usually people who have used monovision before their cataract surgery can adjust to this type of vision correction very well. But if you have not had a positive experience with contact lens monovision before cataract surgery, your vision after surgery with monovision may seem blurred, both near and far.
  • Another possible issue is that your depth perception may decrease because your eyes are not working together as they once did. Sometimes, the surgeon may trial-fit a cataract patient in monovision contact lenses prior to considering monovision IOLs.
  • Mixing multifocal lenses is another method of achieving a type of modified or “blended” monovision by using one type of IOL that emphasizes distance vision and another that emphasizes intermediate vision.