Seeing the World Through New Eyes: How Premium IOLs Are Worth It

When undergoing cataract surgery, one of the most important decisions you will face is which intraocular lens, or IOL, to choose to replace your natural lens. Your new IOL can allow you to see the world through new eyes, with greater clarity and freedom.

There are many options for IOLs, including premium IOLs, which can allow you to significantly reduce your dependence on visual aids after cataract surgery. Keep reading to learn more about premium IOLs including whether or not they may be worth it for you!

What are Premium IOLs?

Premium IOLs, or premium intraocular lenses, are a type of lens implant used during cataract surgery to correct vision and reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Cataract surgery is a common procedure that involves removing the cloudy lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens implant. 

While traditional monofocal lenses can effectively restore vision after cataract surgery, premium IOLs offer additional benefits such as improved visual acuity, increased contrast sensitivity, and reduced dependence on glasses or contact lenses for both distance and near vision. Premium IOLs are also designed to correct certain types of refractive errors, such as astigmatism, which can cause blurry vision at any distance.

Are Premium IOLs Worth the Extra Cost?

One of the biggest factors that many people consider when deciding on premium IOLs is their cost. Premium IOLs can cost more than traditional monofocal lenses and, in many cases, are not covered by insurance. 

However, many people find that the benefits of premium IOLs outweigh the additional cost. Premium IOLs offer several advantages over traditional monofocal lenses.

For example, multifocal lenses can provide clear vision at different distances, reducing the need for glasses or contact lenses. Toric lenses can correct astigmatism, which can significantly improve visual acuity. 

For those who value freedom from glasses or contact lenses, premium IOLs can be an excellent investment. Many people find that the convenience and improved quality of life that comes with reduced dependence on corrective visual aids are worth the additional cost. 

What Are the Different Types of Premium IOLs?

There are several types of premium IOLs, each with its own unique benefits and drawbacks. Here are some of the types of premium IOLs offered at Mid Ohio Eye:

Multifocal IOLs

These lenses have multiple focal points, allowing patients to see clearly at different distances, such as near, intermediate, and far. Multifocal IOLs can reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.

Toric IOLs

These lenses are designed to correct astigmatism, a common condition that can cause blurry or distorted vision at any distance. Toric IOLs can provide clear vision and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses for patients with astigmatism.

Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs

These lenses provide a continuous range of vision from near to far but with fewer visual disturbances like halo or glare, which can occur with multifocal IOLs. EDOF lenses can be a good choice for patients who want a broader range of clear vision but are concerned about visual side effects.

How Do I Know if a Premium IOL is Right For Me?

Choosing the right IOL for your needs is an important decision that should be made in consultation with your eye doctor. Your eye doctor at Mid Ohio Eye will evaluate your eyes, visual needs, and lifestyle to determine if a premium IOL is right for you.

Consider your daily activities and hobbies. A premium IOL that provides clear vision at different distances may be a good option for someone with an active lifestyle.

Also, it’s important to discuss with your eye doctor what you hope to achieve with your vision after cataract surgery. Ultimately, the decision to choose a premium IOL is a personal one that should take into account your individual needs and preferences. 

Do you want to learn more about your premium IOL options? Schedule an appointment at Mid Ohio Eye in Columbus, OH, today!