Are those bifocals and reading glasses getting on your very last nerve? Virginia Eye Consultants has the solution for you! Intraocular lens implants (IOLs) can improve a range of vision conditions and have you seeing much more clearly, without heavy reliance on corrective eyewear. IOLs are typically placed during cataract surgery procedures, and they can often serve as alternatives for patients who may not be candidates for laser vision correction.
Below, you will find helpful descriptions of the many advanced intraocular lenses we offer. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about our options, please contact us today.
Multifocal intraocular lenses can provide clearer focus at a range of distances. Some of the multifocal IOLs available include:
With the AcrySof ReSTOR® IOL (intraocular lens), patients can attain significantly improved vision at a full range of distances without heavy reliance on corrective eyewear. This revolutionary IOL is a permanent lens implant that allows you to see much more clearly at near, far, and intermediate distances.
The ReSTOR® IOL is designed to allow for a smooth distribution of light as it is absorbed by the eye, regardless of the point of focus. Clinical studies have shown that 80 percent of patients who had the ReSTOR® lens said the need for glasses was eliminated, and almost 94 percent of patients said they would undergo the treatment again.
During the ReSTOR® procedure, anesthetic eye drops will be placed on the eyes to maximize your comfort. Our experienced eye surgeon will make a small incision and replace the eye’s natural lens with the ReSTOR® implant. The incision should heal by itself, which means no stitches are typically necessary. Most patients experience virtually no pain and recover quickly from this procedure. Vision improvement is often apparent about a day or two after the ReSTOR® lens has been placed, with continued improvement over the next week.
New Medicare Policy Allows Seniors Access to ReSTOR® Advanced Lens Technology at Virginia Eye Consultants
Presbyopia-correcting ReSTOR® intraocular lenses are now available options for senior citizens on Medicare. This option can be utilized for cataract surgery with lens replacement (a treatment that is typically covered under Medicare) and the correction of presbyopia (a treatment that is not covered under Medicare). Individuals who choose the ReSTOR® IOL for cataract surgery can receive the standard Medicare reimbursement for that portion of the procedure, and private payment will be accepted for the presbyopic portion of treatment.
Presbyopia is an extraordinarily common vision condition that typically manifests at around the age of 40. The condition causes blurry vision while trying to see objects at a close distance, and often results in the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Typically the first sign of cataract development, presbyopia occurs when the crystalline lens of the eye loses its elasticity and flexibility. This ultimately makes it gradually more difficult for the eyes to focus, particularly on up-close objects.
For presbyopia and cataract patients with astigmatism, traditional IOL implants only correct half the problem for regaining quality vision. Glasses and contact lenses have previously been the only viable options to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery… until now. The AcrySof® Toric Intraocular Lens (IOL) is an advanced technology that makes it possible to correct presbyopia and cataracts that disrupt your vision — AND the corneal astigmatism distorting your vision — all at the same time. Our doctors will talk with you about your options and determine if the Toric IOL is right for your needs.
TORIC lens patient Kay Cuthbertson explains why it was worth the hour drive to come to Virginia Eye Consultants for her procedure.
TORIC Lens Patient Kay Cuthbertson
The TECNIS® Symfony IOL is FDA-approved to improve vision following cataract surgery. The lens is especially beneficial for those who have developed presbyopia, as this IOL can correct the condition through an extended range of vision, for patients with and without corneal astigmatism. As a result, Symfony can reduce the hassle of needing reading glasses to see nearby objects clearly.
The Symfony IOL was specifically designed to improve near and intermediate vision while maintaining distance vision. In addition to higher quality of vision, the advanced IOL has proven to offer sharp vision at a greater range of distances and optimal vision in any lighting condition. As patients complete acts such as driving at night, for instance, there is a much lower occurrence of night vision symptoms, like blurry or glaring vision around lights. The TECNIS® Symfony IOL also comes in four Toric versions to treat astigmatism.
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*Individual Results May Vary