Cataract Surgery Lens Options

Intraocular IOL

During cataract surgery, the cloudy, damaged lens must be removed and replaced with an intraoculat lens that is made out of acrylic material and will last the rest of your life. This is implanted in your eye during cataract surgery. It replaces the eye’s natural lens after it has been removed during surgery. There are different types of IOLs and they each offer various advantages and disadvantages. Your physician will discuss with you the best lens option prior to cataract surgery.

Standard IOL

With the standard monofocal implants, the cloudy cataract is removed and is replaced with a clear lens. The goal with this lens is clearer vision; however, because it only corrects at one distance, either reading or distance, expect to wear glasses for either reading for distance. This lens is covered by your insurance.

Toric IOL

This is a premium lens that is not covered by insurance. If you suffer from cataract and astigmatism, this lens will correct your vision after cataract surgery. A Toric IOL can correct cataract and astigmatism to provide you with sharp vision at one range.

Symfony IOL

This is a premium lens that is not covered by insurance. The Symfony lens, is described as providing “Extended Range of Vision”. This means, that it will give you good distance vision, but also allow you to see well at mid-range and some reading vision.