Q: What is a Premium IOL?

Before you have cataract surgery with Heart of Texas Eye Institute, we will go through the different lens implant options that we offer and determine the best fit for your lifestyle, budget and visual needs.

Let’s take a deep dive into this subject. An Intraocular lens, or IOL, is a lens that is implanted inside the eye during cataract surgery. Since the 1980’s, FDA-approved IOLs have been available to replace the focusing power of the natural lens. Prior to this, patients were stuck wearing thick coke-bottle glasses or special contact lenses to correct focusing power.

There are many premium IOL options today for all Austin area patients. The term “premium” means that they offer advanced features over the basic, single vision IOLs covered by Medicare and other health insurance providers.

What are the differences between Toric and Multifocal IOLs?

Toric IOLs
The Toric IOL is designed for patients with astigmatism, but also for nearsightedness and farsightedness. They correct astigmatism because they offer different powers on different meridians on the lens.

Multifocal IOLs
The Multifocal IOL provides expanded focal range enabling clear vision at many distances for patients with presbyopia. These lenses enhance the range of vision letting you see well at all distances and reducing the need for eyeglasses.

Since you use your sight every waking moment of the day, and will so for the rest of your life, then why not invest in yourself. If you want the best possible vision after cataract surgery, talk to Dr. McIntire or Dr. Dudek about the benefits of premium IOLs.

To set up a consultation, give us a call at 512-213-2220.