If you are over the age of 65, Medicare will cover the cost of cataract surgery along with a conventional "monofocal" IOL. Patients electing monofocal IOLs typically have both eyes corrected for clear distant vision, while they often have to rely on readers or bifocal glasses for intermediate and near vision.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, which can cause one's vision to become blurry. They are common with age and can occur in one or both eyes. The clouding usually occurs slowly, but can happen quickly, especially after trauma to the eye. While cataracts are not painful, they do cause many symptoms such as blurry vision, fewer details, glare while driving or reading, dull colors, changes in your glasses prescription and double vision in one eye.
At Maumee Eye Clinic, we use the AcrySof® ReStor® , ReZoom®, Tecnis®,and Crystalens® multifocal lenses for patients who want to be without glasses as much as possible. With these IOLs, the patient is able to focus at distance and near without glasses or contacts. The ReStor® IOL was designed by combining diffractive and refractive technologies that have been used to improve the image quality in telescopes and microscopes. Diffraction involves spreading the light to multiple focal points. Refraction involves redirecting the light as it passes through the lens in order to focus on the retina. The combination of the two allows you to focus on objects at varying distances. Side effects from this IOL include experiencing possible halos or glare.
In clinical studies, four out of five patients reported not having the need to wear glasses after the procedure. This gives many patients the freedom of reading, driving and doing other tasks without glasses.
Discuss with your doctor if this could be the right treatment for you.