Premium Bifocal Intraocular Lens
For most cataract patients, life without reading glasses or bifocals is something they either experienced before presbyopia or they just dreamed about for most of their lives. But today, the “Premium Bifocal Intraocular Lens” is turning those dreams into reality with its advanced lens technology, which is designed to allow patients to see clearer at all distances without bifocals or reading glasses.
During cataract surgery the ophthalmologist surgically removes the cloudy lens of the eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens (implant) in order to restore your vision. Instead of replacing the lens with a conventional monofocal intraocular lens, a “Premium Bifocal Intraocular Lens” is used. The goal of inserting the premium bifocal implant after cataract surgery is to provide clearer vision for distance and for near by restoring some or all of the near focusing ability of the eye. Recent studies have shown that patients who received this implant in both eyes were spectacle-free for 80 to 90% of the tasks.
The best results are obtained when both eyes receive a “premium bifocal intraocular lens.” The two surgeries are usually performed within 2 to 3 weeks from each other. The chances of a good uncorrected vision for distance and near increase after the second eye heals completely.
Do not expect to be completely free of glasses. The new implants give you a better chance to see close-up without glasses but you might still need glasses for certain tasks such as driving at night or reading small print. The intermediate vision, such as computer distance, is the most difficult to correct.
Not every patient is a candidate. A “premium bifocal intraocular lens” is not recommended if the eye is affected by other diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration or advanced glaucoma, and if the other eye has already received a “conventional intraocular lens.”
The cost of a Premium Bifocal Intraocular Lens is partially covered. Medicare and all other insurance companies cover the costs of the cataract surgery and of a conventional lens. In addition to your deductible and co-payment amount, you will be responsible for the additional charges of the “premium bifocal intraocular lens” and all associated services performed before, during and after the cataract surgery. The charges for a Premium Bifocal Intraocular Lens are $2,700.00 per eye, in addition to any deductible and co-payment amount.