By Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS –
If you’ve been told that you have cataracts, one of the first things you’ll learn about are Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs), the artificial lenses that replace the eye’s natural lens that is removed during cataract surgery.
When you have your cataract evaluation at Frantz EyeCare, Dr. Jonathan Frantz and his Specialty Lens Counselor will help you select a lens implant that fits your specific lifestyle and eye health needs, whether you are having a premium refractive procedure with the LenSx laser or traditional cataract surgery.
Below is a summary of your lens options:
1) Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with:
a. a ReSTOR or Crystalens Implant and Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI): a ReSTOR or Crystalens im-
plant will greatly decrease your dependence on glasses following surgery. You should be able to read a book, drive a car, and play golf or tennis with increased freedom from glasses.
b. a Monofocal Toric IOL: If you have astigmatism, a Toric IOL makes it possible to treat the cataract and correct the corneal astigmatism at the same time. If you have both a cataract and a corneal astigmatism, you will not regain high-quality distance vision after surgery to remove the cataract unless the astigmatism is also corrected. The unique design of this lens provides significantly improved distance vision and may reduce the need for corrective lenses.
c. a Standard Monofocal Lens with Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI): If you have a lower amount of astigmatism, you can have your corneal astigmatism corrected with limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) at the same time as your cataract surgery.
2) Traditional Cataract Surgery with Standard Monofocal Lens: If you choose to have traditional cataract surgery with a standard monofocal lens implant for your after surgery visual outcome, you may decide to have both eyes corrected for distance vision and wear reading glasses for near vision, or have both eyes corrected for near vision and wear prescription glasses or contact lenses for distance vision. Another option is to have monovision where your dominant eye is corrected for distance vision while your non-dominant eye is corrected for near vision. With monovision, you may not need reading or distance glasses.
Dr. Frantz is the first and most experienced surgeon in southwest Florida offering Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with the LenSx laser, which is considered refractive surgery and we can discuss your our-of-pocket charges when you come to our office for your cataract evaluation. Your insurance will be billed for the actual cataract removal.
Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS, is named in The Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists. He and his team of doctors at Frantz EyeCare offer a broad spectrum of patient-focused comprehensive care from eye exams and eyewear to bladeless laser cataract surgery, treatment of eye diseases, bladeless iLASIK laser vision correction, and eyelid surgery with office locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Lehigh Acres, and Naples.