When undergoing cataract surgery, Dr. Rom will remove your natural lens (where the cataract has formed) and replace it with an artificial lens. Most insurance companies reimburse for a standard lens implant, or standard IOL. These lenses allow patients to have cataract free vision, but patients may have to wear glasses to see well in the distance and will have to wear reading glasses or bifocals in order to see well up close and intermediate distances.
Premium Lens Implants, what we like to call LifeStyle lenses or IOLs, can reduce or even eliminate the need for reading glasses or bifocals after undergoing cataract surgery. These innovative lenses can allow patients to see at multiple ranges including near and far away. Dr. Rom of Insight Eye Center offers the ReSTOR®, Crystalens®, and Tecnis® LifeStyle IOLs to his patients.
At Insight Eye Center, we are proud to be one of the first practices in the region to offer our patients the Symfony IOL by AMO, which can not only reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery, unlike other multifocal IOLs, the Symfony lens gives patients an extended range of vision, which means objects don’t have to be held at an exact distance in order to be seen clearly. The Symfony lens is also designed to reduce glare and halos, providing improved night vision. With the Symfony IOL, patients can have clearer vision at all distances including near, far and everything in-between.
Patients that want to live an active lifestyle and want to enjoy the freedom to enjoy activities without glasses should ask about the Symfony lens at Insight Eye Center. For patients who opt for premium lens implants, the cataract surgery technique is the exact same, only the implant is different. Dr. Rom will talk to patients about their lens options during their cataract exam.
What Is The Difference Between A Standard Monofocal Lens And A Premium Lens?
In general, greater independence. A premium lens will provide a greater range of focus than a monofocal IOL.
Is A Premium Lens Covered By Insurance?
For almost all cases, no. This does add some out-of-pocket expense to the patient. However, it is worth noting that the majority of cataract surgery cost is still covered by medical insurance. The surgeon’s fee, too, is covered by insurance still, because your surgeon will perform the same surgical procedure regardless of which lens you implant.
Is A Premium Lens Worth It?
We look at it this way: there are very few investments you can make that you will use every waking moment for the rest of your life. A PIOL is one such investment, and if it’s something that you can afford, then it’s something you will want to have. If a PIOL is something that you are interested in, then we recommend mentioning that at your cataract surgery consultation.