Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses in Houston, TX
Advanced Technology lenses (IOLs) are designed to restore a full range of vision without or with diminished need for reading glasses or contacts. These multifocal accommodative models correct vision at near, intermediate and far distances and are available for the residents of Houston, Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas at Eye Excellence.
Since the technology has been approved by the FDA and Medicare, replacing the removed crystalline lens with an intraocular lens implant has become the standard of care for cataract surgery. Patients who have cataract surgery with a standard lens implant (covered by most insurance policies)will have good vision at distance or near. These patients will need to wear glasses, the cloudiness and loss of color in their vision caused by the cataract will be gone.
Advanced lens technology helps patients see their best after cataract removal surgery. New innovations in intraocular lens implant technology can allow patients to see near, far and everything in between. At Eye Excellence, we offer Crystalens®, TECNIS®, and Toric IOLs to patients interested in reducing or eliminating their dependence on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery.
TECNIS® Multifocal Lens Implants
The TECNIS® Multifocal lens is an aspheric multifocal lens which distributes the light between near and distance in a 50/50 distribution. This helps improve the depth of focus and provides a sharper near and far vision. The design of the lens allows it to perform well independent of pupil size and lighting. In an FDA clinical study, 96.4 percent of patients implanted bilaterally with the TECNIS® Multifocal reported comfortable vision without glasses for all activities. 5.2 percent of patients noticed moderate halos or glare at night. The TECNIS multifocal lens implants are a family of lens which can be selected by your surgeon based on your needs for close, average or intermediate coupled with excellent distance vision.
Toric Lens Implant for Astigmatism
For cataract patients with significant astigmatism, the Toric lens implant may be appropriate. The Toric lens corrects astigmatism, resulting in better uncorrected visual acuity. Because the Toric lens implant does not correct both far and near vision, reading glasses or bifocals may still be warranted. This lens allows our doctors to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery without added surgery steps, such as limbal relaxing incisions.
Eye Excellence is proud to offer a TECNIS® Toric IOL, another member of the TECNIS® family. This IOL, although a single vision lens, corrects for astigmatism. Based on study group results, a remarkable 97 percent of patients said that they would choose to use the TECNIS® Toric IOL again.
Bausch & Lomb Crystalens® Accommodating Lens Implant
Unlike the TECNIS® Multifocal IOLs, the Bausch & Lomb Crystalens® is a single vision lens. The Crystalens® implant acts as an “auto focus” mechanism that adjusts its position within the eye as it looks from near to far. This lens is powered by the muscles that focus and move the eye’s natural lens prior to cataract formation. It is the only FDA-approved “accommodating” lens. This means that it flexes or changes shape as the focus muscle in the eye constricts and relaxes. This allows for a smooth transition from near to intermediate to far vision. About 95 percent of patients can read large print without glasses, but many need glasses for fine print and if they are in dim light. Because the Crystalens® is not multifocal, it provides seamless vision compared to multifocal lens.
These advanced technology lenses are not covered by most medical insurance plans, so choosing a better lens adds some out-of-pocket cost to your procedure. The good news is that lens implants are intended to last a lifetime. The majority of patients are happy with their lens implant, regardless of the type. The Crystalens®, Toric®, TECNIS® and these lenses have been FDA-tested and have a reputation for producing excellent results.
TRULIGN® Toric Intraocular Lens (IOL)
An exciting new advanced lens option has arrived at Eye Excellence, the TRULIGN® Toric intraocular lens (IOL) from Bausch & Lomb.
The TRULIGN® Toric lens is designed for active individuals that wish to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses and contacts after cataract or refractive lens exchange surgery. This lens provides superior vision, especially in dim light, which is great for individuals that are nighttime drivers.
The TRULIGN® Toric lens received FDA approval in May 2013. The lens is the first of its kind as the first IOL that is both accommodating, as well as astigmatism correcting. The IOL may allow patients to see far, intermediate, and some near. The lens is designed to correct astigmatism between 0.83 D and 2.50 Diopters.
Eye Excellence in Houston is among the first in the country to begin using the TRULIGN® Toric intraocular lens for its patients.
“When it comes to advanced technology lenses, people often ask me what I would do for myself, and I can tell them that there’s no question that I would get a advanced lens. Although it can be expensive, I look at it this way: there are very few investments in your life that you will use at every waking moment that will never depreciate in value. This is one such investment, and if you can afford it or finance it, then I believe that it is something that you’ll want to have.” -Dr. Green
How Much Do Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses Cost in Houston?
- Even if your insurance plan doesn’t cover vision correction, you can use cash, a credit card, or approved financing for payment.
- Choose from no-interest plans, extended payment options up to 48 months and no down payment.
Please visit our financing page for more information.
The ability to see clearly is essential to many areas of your daily life. The doctors and staff at Eye Excellence, serving Houston, Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas, can help you improve that important ability. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and discover if you could benefit from refractive surgery.