Bifocal Implants – A Breakthrough from Monofocal Lenses
Cataract surgery done these days is good and safe. The surgery can even be finished in less than 20 minutes on top of a very short recovery period requirement. This attracts most people with cataract to have cataract surgery. Unfortunately, despite these advancements, a major downturn is that the treatment by insurance only uses monofocal implants, which means that only a single point can be focused. If this is the case, the patient will still be required to use correction glasses to help make their vision a lot clearer.
Monofocal implants were used before in making clearer vision for patients, but by the last few decades, a new implant known as bifocal was introduced. This means that the lenses are multifunctional, which also indicates that the patient can focus different distances already and do all things independently after the treatment. Infact I inserted bifocal implants in the early nineteen nineties. Thats over two decades of experience implanting sight improving intraocular implants. These bifocal implants were manufactured for the first time by the company Shah and Shah.
The bifocal implants lenses are beneficial for people who do not want to depend on glasses and have reached an age over 45. This is different from the LASIK surgery because the latter does not require implants. Lasik eye surgery does not require a sterile surgical suite; but instead performed in a clean laser suite
There are three different types of FDA approved bifocal implants lenses and they are called Tecnis, Restor, and Crystalens. You must know what these types of lenses are as well as what their differences are before agreeing on what type of surgery has to be done for you. The discussion must be done by the surgeon who will do you the surgery. A good source of information for these bifocal implant lenses is this book on cataract surgery. You must not rely solely on the advertisements you can see in the media since some aspects might not be discussed thoroughly.
Your decision in choosing what type of lens to use for your cataract procedure might then be affected by the cost associated with the implant types. This is because only few insurance providers cover these types of services and lenses, so therefore you may need to look at your finances and available options of monthly payments.. At our Cataract eye center, of Thousand Oaks, we offer patient lens implants based on what people with fixed income can afford and what they desire in regard to vision correction. Out Top Cataract Surgeon makes sure to offer the most appropriate up to date technology in cataract surgery and provides an array of lens options for each patient.
Article written by
Rajesh Khanna, MD
*Los Angeles Bifocal Implant Expert
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