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Cataract Surgery: Know Your Options

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States. There are a variety of options to consider when it comes to cataract surgery. When you are seen for a cataract consultation in our Glendale or West Covina office, your doctor will make a recommendation based on the eye examination results, as well as your vision goals after surgery. 
 
What are the lens options for cataract surgery?
 
There are 3 major categories of lenses based on your vision goals:
  1. Monofocal Lens: this standard lens replaces the cloudy cataract with a clear lens and provides a clear focus at one distance, most commonly  for distance.  With this lens, glasses are required for intermediate and near vision. If you have a significant amount of astigmatism, you may still need glasses for all visual tasks.  The cost of this lens is covered by all medical insurances that cover cataract surgery.
  2. Astigmatism-correcting (Toric) Monofocal Lens: this lens corrects astigmatism, reducing the need for glasses at distance. Intermediate and near visual tasks will require glasses. Considered a “premium” monofocal lens, the additional cost of this type of lens is not covered by medical insurance.
  3. Multifocal Lens: this lens reduces your dependence on glasses for distance, intermediate and near vision. This lens is a good option for people who have healthy eyes and would like to reduce their dependence on glasses for all tasks.  Most available multifocal lenses can also correct astigmatism.  Considered a “premium” lens, the additional cost of this type of lens is not covered by medical insurance.

Which lens should I choose?

Your doctor will discuss what lens he or she recommends for you. In general, the lens choice depends on whether or not you want to reduce your dependence on glasses.
 
What is astigmatism?
 
Astigmatism means that the eye is not perfectly round. Instead of being shaped like a basketball, the eye is shaped more like a football. Astigmatism is common and can cause blurry vision. The amount of astigmatism you have can be assessed with an examination. Depending on the degree of astigmatism you have, your doctor can determine what lens options are best for your eyes. 
 
What is laser assisted cataract surgery?
 
The laser assists in performing some of the most important steps of cataract surgery to achieve the most precise, predictable, reproducible outcomes available. Additionally, the laser can correct small amounts of astigmatism. Laser surgery can be used with any type of lens implant.
 
Check out our cataract surgery video overview for further information on your options for cataract surgery. Schedule a cataract consultation in Glendale or West Covina, CA today to discuss options with our cataract specialists. 

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