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Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60 (and quite a few younger than that) suffer from cataracts. Almost everyone develops cataracts as they grow older. Cataract formations occur at different rates and can affect one or both eyes.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Early changes may not disturb vision, but over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. People with cataracts often say they feel as if they are looking through a waterfall or a piece of wax paper.
During cataract surgery, your cloudy lens (the cataract) is removed and replaced by a clear lens implant (IOL). If surgery is recommended for you, there is GREAT NEWS! Thanks to modern technology, you now have the opportunity to choose a replacement lens that can help you reclaim much of your youthful vision. Basic lens implants can thin your glasses prescription and restore clarity to your vision. Today’s advanced technology lenses can dramatically reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses!
It is important for you to understand the lens replacement options that are available to you so that you can be prepared to decide with your doctor when the time is right for you. These implants are made to last FOREVER and should NEVER need to be replaced. The following is some general information for you about lens options for cataract surgery:
Mono-focal lenses provide clear vision for a single distance (i.e. near or far) and are usually chosen to make your distance vision clearer. With a mono-focal lens implant, even if you do not currently need to wear glasses for near vision activities (i.e. reading the newspaper, doing crossword puzzles, dialing a phone, or working at a computer), after surgery there is a high likelihood that you will. You may also need glasses for distance activities such as driving. Surgery with a mono-focal IOL implant is covered by Medicare and most commercial insurance plans with the usual out of pocket expenses, such as your deductible, co-pays, and/or co-insurance. This is the basic option.
Astigmatism occurs when an eye is out of round. A round eye sees better than an eye that is not round. Some astigmatism can be corrected with corneal relaxing incisions at the time of cataract surgery to make the eye rounder. Larger amounts of astigmatism may need a Toric lens to correct all the astigmatism. The Toric lens or relaxing incisions can usually give you good vision at distance for driving, TV, and sporting events. Glasses will be needed for reading, as well as intermediate vision.
A multifocal implant, such as the Panoptix lens, is like putting a trifocal in your eye including astigmatism correction when necessary. The goal is to gain as much freedom from glasses as possible for both near and far vision. Patients with these lenses enjoy a larger range of vision, with glasses-free clarity for distance vision, intermediate distance (computer, car dashboard, etc.), and most near vision tasks. Patients typically report needing reading glasses for very small print and extended reading. Some people will experience halos around lights at night, but these usually subside over the first couple of months if they are noticed at all. This is the lens to choose if you have a healthy eye and value the greatest independence from glasses with an infrequent need for reading glasses.
The Vivity lens has an enhanced depth of focus compared to the standard lens. This provides a larger range of focus than the mono-focal lenses without the potential for nighttime glare typical with multifocal implants. Although most people find that they still need reading glasses for smaller print, being flexible and moving also gives you a better range of vision. Therefore, you can expect good distance and intermediate vision (i.e. eating, dashboard, computer), with some near vision. Vivity is also very excellent at correcting astigmatism. This is the lens to choose if you desire expanded freedom from glasses but aren’t an ideal candidate for multifocal lenses and are okay with weak reading glasses for closer vision.
Multifocal and Vivity Lens ($2500 per eye)
● Advanced Vision Correction● Crystalens/Trulign implants for Accommodative Correction ● Implant for multifocal correction
Astigmatism Correction (Toric Lens) ($1500 per eye)
● Advanced Vision Correction (see below) ● A toric lens is inserted to correct astigmatism with or without a limbal relaxing incision
Astigmatism Correction ($650 per eye)
● Wave front analysis to individually tailor the implant to your eye● Enhanced night vision (less chance of glare and halos)● Astigmatism Correction● Expect glasses for ranges not selected● Touch ups for 1 year at no charge if medically indicated**
Aspheric Lens Upgrade ($150 per eye)
● Wave front analysis to individually tailor the implant to your eye ● Enhanced night vision (less chance of glare and halos) ● Expect glasses for ranges not selected
Basic Vision Correction (no additional charge)
● Advanced cataract surgery to improve vision potential● After surgery, a glasses prescription will be given to wear at all times● Basic vision correction is designed to reduce thickness of glasses● Night vision improved but not enhanced (glare and halos still possible)
McKnight Eye Centers, P.C.
515 N State Route 291
Liberty, MO 64068
Monday- Thursday: 7:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 12:00PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed