Premium Intraocular Lenses
An artificial intraocular lens (IOL) replaces the natural lens removed during cataract eye surgery by an ophthalmologist cataract specialist. Even after cataract eye surgery, traditional IOLs offer vision correction at only one distance (far, intermediate or near) and are called monofocal lenses. Traditional IOLs still require you to wear glasses or contacts to read, use a computer or view objects within arm's length. Intraocular lenses are also called implantable contact lenses.
Intraocular lens vision correction at any distance
The new multifocal and accommodating IOLs offer vision correction at more than one distance without needing glasses or contacts. Presbyopia-correcting IOLs are classified as "premium" lenses. Unfortunately, Medicare and most healthcare insurance plans do not cover the extra costs of these lenses, because their additional benefits are considered a luxury and not a medical necessity.
Implantable contact lenses can correct astigmatism
We also recommend and use toric IOLs to correct astigmatism. These are also considered "premium" lenses by Medicare and health insurance companies, and — just like multifocal and accommodating IOLs — will likely cost you extra because they provide benefits that are beyond what’s available in traditional or conventional IOLs. However, for patients who can afford the added cost, implantable contact lenses to correct astigmatism are well worth it.
Learn more about the premium intraocular lens procedure from a compassionate eye surgeon. Call ophthalmologist and cataract specialist Ralph Hester, MD, Ophthalmology at 405.271.9500. For your convenience, use our online Request an Appointment form to reserve your consultation. Our premium lenses patients come to us from Mustang, Norman, OKC, Yukon, Oklahoma City, Bethany, Edmond and El Reno. Call for a consultation on cataract eye surgery with our ophthalmologist cataract specialist.