Laser Cataract Patient Education
Lens Implant Options FAQs
How are the vision correcting options with Lifestyle Lenses or Premium Lenses different from Basic Monofocal or Standard IOLs??
Monofocal or Standard IOLs are fixed focal length implants that allow patients to see good distance vision only. For instance, most patients will see well enough to watch TV or drive without correction, but will need corrective lenses to read, use their cell phones, or do any close-up work. Lifestyle or Premium IOLs create multiple focal points so patients are able to see well at varied distances and some, such as accommodating IOLs, are engineered to mimic the eye’s natural process of accommodation. The specialty lenses offer patients the opportunity for greater independence from glasses after surgery.
Lifestyle Lenses create multiple focal points so patients are able to see well at varied distances.
How do I know if I am a candidate?
If you have been diagnosed with presbyopia and/or cataracts and are in general good health, you may benefit from refractive cataract surgery with Premium Lenses or Lifestyle lenses. It is important that you have a thorough eye exam to determine your eye health and to make sure you have no medical conditions such as uncontrolled glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or advanced macular degeneration. There are many factors to be considered when choosing the right lens for your lifestyle. Together, we can determine which lens implant is right for you.
What if I have already had LASIK, RK, or another eye surgery?
Even if you have had another eye surgery such as LASIK, you may still be a good candidate for this procedure. nJoy Vision offers advanced testing, such as ORA, ascan and biometry to help determine proper lens selection.
Lifestyle Lenses offer patients the opportunity for greater independence from glasses after surgery.
Will I still need glasses?
Lifestyle lenses are designed to REDUCE your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, not alleviate it altogether. Most patients are able to perform 70-80% of their daily activities without corrective lenses, but results will vary depending on patient vision, lifestyle and the anatomy of your eyes. The most common circumstances where corrective lenses were required after surgery were night driving, reading in low-light situations, and reading very fine print.
Are there any side effects after surgery?
Patients do generally find they have an “adjustment” period of about six to twelve weeks where they need to “learn” to see up close again with the new lens. Also, some people report glare or halos around lights, which generally diminishes over time. More people state that the ability to see both near and far greatly outweighs any visual side effects they might have.
Most patients are able to perform 70-80% of their daily activities without corrective lenses.
Is there an additional cost for these specialty lenses?
Yes, there are additional costs for specialty lenses.
Medicare pays the standard cataract benefit, and the patient pays an additional charge for the technology and services used for the vision correction specifically done to reduce dependence on glasses or contacts.
Cataract Surgery designed to correct vision requires the surgeon to use more technology before, during and after surgery. Removing the cataract to allow vision to be clear with glasses is a covered service. The choice to decrease dependence on glasses and contacts is considered elective. The additional fee for vision correction during cataract surgery may include additional pre- and intra-operative testing, a Lifestyle lens and an extended care component that covers post-operative office visits for up to twelve months.
If you have vision loss due to cataracts, the basic cataract surgery may be covered by Medicare or private insurance. The cost of adding vision correction technology and and associated services are considered elective and not covered by Medicare and private insurance. The patient would be responsible for payment of any portion that exceeds the charge of the standard monofocal IOL as well as refractive testing and extended post-operative care.
If you do not have a cataract, most insurance companies will not provide coverage. The patient is then responsible for the surgery, lens implant and any associated services along with the surgery center fees.
Choosing to have vision correction to reduce the dependence on glasses or contacts is and an upgrade from the standard monofocal cataract procedure.
What is the difference between Accommodating and Multifocal Lens implants?
All presbyopic or bifocal lenses are designed to create multiple focal points at varied distances to help reduce a patient’s dependence on corrective lenses. During the consultation process, your doctors will take the time to address your specific visual needs and lifestyle to make the right lens recommendation for you.