Cataract Lens Implants

Cataracts are a gradual and progressive clouding of the natural lens of the eye leading to blurred vision. Patients with cataracts note difficulty focusing, blurred vision for both reading and distance, and often experience glare symptoms. When daily activities are impaired because of these visual difficulties, cataract surgery is often advisable. However, cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States with nearly 3 million operations are performed annually.

In a cataract surgery, the lens is removed from the affected eye and an artificial replacement lens is implanted to restore the patient’s vision. This artificial lens is also known as an IOL or intraocular lens, and it is a permanent implant. Cataract removal is typically done under local anesthesia, it is usually painless and you are able to return home within a few hours.

Here at Cokingtin Eye Center, we provide a variety of intraocular lens options to meet our patients’ needs.

Standard vs. Premium Lens Implants

Lens implants come in two varieties: standard and premium. Standard lens implants are monofocal, allowing you to see clearly either far away or up close, but not both. People with standard lenses typically see very well far away, but must use glasses to read or see things up close.

Premium lens implants provide a greater range of clear vision. With premium lenses, you can see better at more distances and should only have to use glasses occasionally – although more than 90 percent of patients experience improved vision after cataract surgery, cataract surgery does not always provide 20/20 vision.

Depending on what you would like to achieve with lens implants, one of these lens implant options will be right for you. The experienced ophthalmologists at Cokingtin Eye Center are committed to helping you make informed decisions about your vision.

For more information about getting lens implants in the greater Kansas City area, please contact the experienced ophthalmologists and vision team at Cokingtin Eye Center to schedule a consultation.

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2 Responses to “Cataract Lens Implants”
  1. Charles R Colbert says:

    I’m a patient of Dr. Pole’s with moderate 2+ cataracts. I am also a graduate student taking a Intro to Biomaterials class at UMKC. I am to research a project and wanted to look at the pros and cons of acrylic or silicone lens implants. Can you point in any direction as to what the brand names and material properties of implants you have approved for use in the procedures you conduct please? Also, are premium implants made of the above materials as well. Do the premium lens implants correct for astigmatism? Why would I want a premium implant? What is the name of the procedure you conduct so that I may perform a literature search. What are complication rates? And costs? What is an article that informs that early cataract surgery minimizes the future advance of gutatta? Thanks. Please advise.

    Thanks.

    Chas

  2. Debby Ford says:

    What is general pricing for premium lens for contacts?

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