ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IOLs

iol surgical optionsAdvanced technology Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) can give patients more independence from glasses or contacts after cataract surgery. A wide variety of IOLs are available.

The lens that’s right for you will depend on your ocular health, the anatomy of your eyes, occupational needs and lifestyle. During your evaluation a surgical counselor will answer your questions, assess your desired visual outcome and help you decide which cataract treatment option will most likely help you achieve your vision goals. Based on your unique eyes we will work with you to help you achieve your “personal best” vision.

An intraocular lens (IOL) is a permanent replacement for your natural lens and is designed to last the rest of your life. It is important to consider the options carefully, as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to Reset Your Vision!

Things to Reflect Upon Prior to Choosing an IOL

  • What are your hobbies?
  • Do you read for multiple hours a day?
  • Do you work and what is your occupation?
  • Do you drive a lot at night?
  • Do you use computers frequently?
  • What are your favorite outdoor activities?

Eye Care of Delaware offers three Cataract Surgical/IOL Options:

Basic Cataract Surgery

With our “Basic Vision” Option, Dr. Boyd will help you achieve improved quality of vision. This option is for patients who don’t mind wearing glasses all the time for reading and to correct any residual nearsightness, farsightedness or astigmatism after cataract surgery for distance.

  • Manual method to remove cataract
  • A monofocal IOL which is chosen based on the shape of your eye and your desired focal point
  • These are not Toric IOL’s and therefore, do not correct astigmatism
  • Laser is not used

Custom Distance Vision Cataract Surgery

With our “Custom Distance” Option, Dr. Boyd will tailor your surgical plan to meet your desired visual outcome. This option is most commonly used for those patients who primarily want sharp distance vision and don’t mind wearing glasses for reading and intermediate vision; computer range.

  • Laser-Assisted method to remove cataract, which allows Dr. Boyd to achieve greater precision while using less ultrasonic energy at the time of surgery
  • Treatment of astigmatism with either the femtosecond laser or a Toric IOL, resulting in clearer vision
  • Customized IOL selection for your own personalized optical “fingerprint”

Expanded Range of Vision Cataract Surgery

With our “Expanded Range of Vision” Option, Dr. Boyd uses the latest ophthalmic technology to achieve your personal best vision and helps reduce or eliminate your dependency on glasses at most distances. This option provides patients with a more useful range of vision for everyday activities, such as driving, working on a computer or reading a text message. Reading glasses may still be needed in some situations.

  • Laser-Assisted method to remove cataract, which allows Dr. Boyd to achieve greater precision while using less ultrasonic energy at the time of surgery
  • An Expanded range of vision IOL
  • Treatment of any astigmatism with either the femtosecond laser or a Toric IOL

Insurance Considerations

Please be aware that Medicare and most insurances cover the surgical and facility components of Basic Cataract Surgery, but they do not cover the fees for the additional testing or the advanced technology IOLs used to reduce your dependence on glasses with the Custom Distance or Expanded Range of Vision. So, you would be financially responsible for the elective portion of the procedure along with any co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. During your evaluation our staff will review this with you, verify your insurance coverage and offer flexible financing options to suit your budget and make seeing clearly more affordable.

DROP OPTIONS

DROPS vs DROPLESS

Eye medications are an essential part of your cataract surgery. They are used to prevent infections and to treat post-operative inflammation. The standard drop regimen is to use three separate drops in the operated eye throughout the day for a few weeks. As part of our commitment to enhance your surgical experience, Dr. Boyd offers patients two equally safe alternatives to using standard drops – “Combo Drops” and “Dropless” Cataract Surgery which are designed to:

  • Eliminate or greatly reduce the need for eye drops
  • Reduce the stress of remembering to use multiple drops throughout the day
  • Save money on the cost of prescription eye drops

Combo-Drops

We work with a compounding pharmacy who formulates the necessary drops into one bottle which reduces the cost and frequency of postoperative medication. For your convenience the drops are available at Eye Care of Delaware and can be purchased when your surgery is being scheduled.

Dropless

A combination of antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory steroid, is placed in the eye during your cataract surgery. It is absorbed by the eye over the next month, giving you the protection needed throughout your healing process, without needing to apply multiple drops yourself. Drops are not needed before surgery and most patients will not need them after surgery. However, a small percentage will need an anti-inflammatory eye drop if inflammation develops after surgery. As with all medications, there are possible side effects and some patients are not good candidates for “Dropless Cataract Surgery”. Dr. Boyd will discuss this option with you during your evaluation.

SAME DAY SURGERY

For some patients, same-day cataract surgery can be arranged. The evaluation and pre-operative assessment can be completed at the Eye Care of Delaware office, and surgery can be performed right next door at the Cataract and Laser Center on the same day. If your optometrist feels you are ready for the procedure, they will make the necessary arrangements. You will spend several hours here, but it will eliminate the need to make multiple visits to our office prior to your surgery. Patients who elect the same day surgery option will not be a candidate for dropless cataract surgery since the medication needs to be ordered in advance.