If you’re about to get cataract surgery then congratulations! It’s a procedure that can dramatically improve your vision. It can truly feel like being part of a whole new world. But before having the procedure, you’ll want to decide what kind of lens you want.
That’s going to depend on a variety of factors – mostly related to your individual wants and needs and recommendations from your eye surgeon. If you’re not sure about how to choose the right IOL, here are some tips that may be of use. Let’s jump right in!
How much do you want to spend?
This is a big one! Price is absolutely going to be a consideration when making your decision.
Monofocal lenses are the most basic IOL and are almost always covered by health insurance. They correct for one distance unless they’re corrected for monovision – which corrects both close and distance vision.
If you’re willing to spend some money out of pocket, then you might be able to choose a premium lens implant – of which there are a whole bunch of models. One of the more popular ones is the multifocal lens which allows you to see much better up close and correct presbyopia. These lenses will eliminate the need to wear glasses almost entirely.
Do you want to rely on reading glasses?
If you’re ok having to wear reading glasses, then monofocal IOLs will suit you just fine. If you want to ditch them altogether – then we’d recommend choosing a premium lens. Multifocal lenses allow for better eyesight up close, while monofocals allow you to see well, but you’ll probably need reading glasses to see certain things.
Do you have astigmatism?
If you have an astigmatism, then there’s only one real answer and one lens designed to specifically correct for it – and that’s a Toric IOL. Talk to your doctor about whether this option is for you – as it will be an extreme vision correction, but won’t be inexpensive. What kind of lifestyle do you want?
This is really the most important question. What quality of life do you want, ultimately? While there are financial and health-related realities you need to grapple with – the most important thing is to decide what kind of lens you want based on what you want your life to be like. Do you want to see effortlessly? Do you want to be more active? What do you want, ultimately?
Hopefully today’s blog has you thinking about some things. Be sure to take your time and think about what you want – and as always – consult your eye surgeon to get their advice and perspective. It will be invaluable. Either way, be prepared to enjoy a big bump in the quality of your life. Good luck!