Are Premium IOLs Worth It?

Artificial intraocular lenses (IOL) are vital to a successful cataract surgery. These synthetic lenses are designed to replace your cloudy lens during cataract surgery and restore clear vision.

There are two main types of IOLs: basic (monofocal) and premium. A premium IOL offers more benefits than the basic lens implants.

Keep reading to learn more about the difference between a basic and premium IOL and why you should invest in a premium IOL!

What is the Difference Between Basic and Premium IOLs?

Before cataract surgery, you’ll be given a choice between a basic and premium IOL. A basic or monofocal IOL can only correct your vision at one distance: near or far.

Whichever distance you select, you’ll still require glasses or contact lenses for reading or driving. If you want to increase your independence from visual aids after cataract surgery, premium IOLs are worth considering.

Premium lens implants provide additional benefits and features that go beyond what a monofocal lens can offer. These advanced IOLs can improve near, mid, and long-range distances.

What Are The Benefits of a Premium IOL?

Here’s what sets premium lens implants apart.

Greater Freedom from Glasses or Contact Lenses

A premium lens implant can improve your vision at multiple distances, so you won’t have to reach for contacts or glasses as often or not at all.

You can read a book, use your computer, see in the mirror, watch TV, drive, workout, and travel without depending on glasses or contacts to see.

A premium lens implant, like the light adjustable lens or multifocal IOL, gives you a full range of high-quality vision–near, far, and everything in the middle, increasing your freedom from prescription lenses or eliminating the need for them altogether.

Address Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common refractive error that occurs when your cornea and/or lens is irregularly shaped. Consequently, light entering your eyes doesn’t focus properly on the retina, which affects your vision at all distances.

Everything becomes distorted or blurry when you have astigmatism. Fortunately, you can have your cataracts and astigmatism addressed simultaneously by selecting a premium IOL.

Premium IOLs come in toric versions designed to focus light correctly on your retina. With a toric IOL, you can correct your astigmatism and improve the sharpness of your vision.

Toric lens implants are available in different prescriptions to treat varying levels of astigmatism.

Correct Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the natural aging process of the eyes.  As you reach your forties, your once flexible lens gets harder and more rigid.  Then, it can no longer change shape to focus on up-close images.

Until recently, most people would rely on glasses to correct presbyopia. If you’re looking for an alternative to reading glasses, you can now fix presbyopia during cataract surgery with advanced technology premium IOLs.

Presbyopia-correcting IOLs allow you to enjoy full vision correction, making everyday activities like reading, using your smartphone, working on your laptop, and driving much more convenient.

You Have Options!

At VisionPoint Eye Center, we offer a range of premium lenses to help you get the vision you want. Our goal is to restore your sight to an optimal level that allows you to do all the things you enjoy.  Our experienced doctors will work closely with you to determine which premium IOL is best for you and your lifestyle.

Are cataracts clouding your world? Schedule a cataract consultation at VisionPoint Eye Center in Bloomington, IL, today to find out if it’s time for cataract surgery and learn more about your premium IOL options.

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