Lifestyle Lens Implants
Lenses Tailored to your Lifestyle, Visual Needs, and Preferences
Anyone who elects to have cataract surgery with a conventional, older-style lens implant will have their cloudy natural lens removed and replaced with a monofocal intraocular lens ("IOL"). Typically this will provide very good visual results, and clarity will be promptly restored. The benefit of conventional IOLs is that, in addition to clarity achieved by removal of the cataract, they can correct pre-existing nearsightedness or farsightedness. Standard monofocal IOLs do not, however, correct for astigmatism or presbyopia. Therefore, it is very likely that glasses will be necessary after IOL care, both for optimum distance vision (if astigmatism is present), and very likely for reading. For many, a standard lens is a fine option -- it's nice to have clarity, and enhanced quality of life -- even if glasses are still helpful for obtaining optimal sharpness at far and near.
At LA Sight, we provide premium IOLs in combination with other specialized care referred to as refractive services. This includes discussing your visual needs, interests, preferences and habits; then custom-tailoring a plan designed specifically for you. We do quite a bit of extra surgical planning, take special measurements during surgery, and take steps at surgery to reduce or eliminate astigmatism. We also are able to fine-tune the results if needed, by doing LASIK when warranted, to achieve a desired optical "target" and best visual results. Combining Lifestyle IOLs with Refractive Services can correct virtually all optical imperfections including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Certain premium lenses can also dramatically reduce the need for reading glasses in a very high percentage of patients.
Our refractive services package allows us to virtually guarantee that you will achieve a desired optical outcome with cataract and IOL care. We recognize that your vision is critical; and that cataract care is an important investment in your visual well-being. The portfolio of refractive services allows us to achieve extremely high-precision visual outcomes, and is our way of saying "We'll get you the outcome you desire, and we've got your back."
While PPO or traditional indemnity health insurance will cover some or most of the costs associated with cataract care, this does not extend to refractive services. Therefore, refractive services and the extra costs of premium IOLs are the responsibility of the patient.
It's important to customize recommendations for premium IOL care based on several factors including your lifestyle, activities and specific visual needs.
What better gift can you imagine for yourself than the gift of optimal eyesight?
In a perfect world, eye surgeons would be able to implant auto-focusing lenses so that everyone could see perfectly at every distance, near or far, under any lighting condition, day or night. To put it mildly, we're not there, yet. However, with careful evaluation, discussion of available options, and tailoring of care to individual situations, we can create very functional visual solutions for the patients we serve.
One of the questionnaires we use is our Visual Preferences Checklist. If you'd like to take the next step, schedule a consultation and feel free to download, print, fill out your answers, and bring this with you to your consultation visit.
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A Journalist's Experience with Lifestyle IOLs
We were fortunate to recently have the opportunity to treat a patient with over 40 years' experience in TV journalism, first as a reporter, then cameraman/videographer, then director and producer of his own shows. He'd been quite farsighted all his life; and came to us seeking advice regarding his own vision correction. At the time he first saw us he was 64 years of age, and we advised clear lens replacement with Premium IOL care and refractive services. He offered to document his own experience, and gave us following video clips of his experience. All we asked at the time was that he be completely candid, forthright, and totally honest in his reportage. We are very thankful to him for doing such good work!
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Multifocal lenses are designed with concentric rings of differing focal power, affording clarity at near and distant range. In clinical studies, most recipients of multifocal IOLs report they don't need to wear glasses for the vast majority of their activities, and many report being comfortably glasses-free at all times. The two multifocal IOLs available in the US are the the AMO Tecnis multifocal and the Alcon ReStor lens.
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A Toric IOL is designed specifically for the correction of astigmatism, in addition to correcting pre-existing nearsightedness or farsightedness. Prior to the development of toric lenses, after cataract surgery, people still had to wear glasses to correct astigmatism, or undergo a second surgery to correct this optical imperfection. Toric IOLs are designed to eliminate astigmatism as well as any near- or farsightedness that may have existed prior to your IOL care. This creates optimal clarity at the desired range (distance, near or intermediate) without glasses.
The Crystalens IOL is called ‘pseudo-accommodating’ because it is designed with the intent of mimicking some of the properties of eye's natural lens, including some capability to adjust focus, enabling clear focus through a range of distances. When we wish to view something up close, the focus-adjusting muscle in our eye (called the ciliary muscle) contracts, changing the pull of certain microscopic fibers (called zonules) on the natural lens, which changes the lens curvature. This elegant mechanism within the eye works much like the autofocus function of a modern camera. The Crystalens was designed to move slightly forward or backward inside the eye in response to ciliary muscle tension, thus adjusting for focus in a manner slightly different than the natural lens of the young (pre-presbyopic) eye.
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Aspheric IOLs are a type of premium lenses designed specifically to enhance the 'crispness' of one's vision. An aspheric lens is designed to correct spherical aberration or asphericity, a type of optical aberration that causes such issues as glare, halo, and decreased night vision clarity. The result is not only improved clarity, but also improved vision quality in any light condition.
We use several different aspheric IOLs depending on your eyes, prescription, age, and whether you have previously had laser vision correction. Certain aspheric IOLs including the Tecnis (monofocal) can actually offset or correct for corneal asphericity. This is why some aspheric IOLs provide better overall visual clarity, and better night vision, than traditional IOLs.
In some cases, people struggling with vision issues are more mature in age but haven’t yet developed visually significant cataracts. Perhaps the natural lens in their eye is still clear but no longer allows focus on near objects. In this case, we may suggest Clear Lens Exchange.
Similar to cataract surgery, the eye's natural lens is replaced with one of the aforementioned lifestyle lenses. This affords great distance clarity, good close up vision, and potentially greater independence from glasses. Plus, cataract surgery will not be a concern in the future, because their natural lens has already been replaced.