Successful cataract surgery requires that the replacement intraocular lens (IOL) is a precise fit. Each eye is defined by specific dimensions, including length, corneal curvature and other variables. These elements must be accurately measured and the eye must have a healthy cornea and tear film in order to provide the sharpest vision possible post-surgery.
At your preoperative appointment we will take measurements and assist you with determining which lens implant will work best for you.
How do I decide which implant to have? Which type of implant is best for you depends on your vision, lifestyle, eye anatomy, surgeon’s recommendations, expectations and budget. Your surgeon or the surgical coordinator will help you choose the type of IOL to best match these factors.
Choose an intraocular lens that meets your needs. All surgeons have their preferences in terms of what lens they’re most comfortable with. But you now have the basic information necessary and you can find more online through more research as to which lens would best meet your needs and only you know what your needs are. For example, somebody who doesn’t drive at night much a multifocal lens could be a very good option for but if you’re an airline pilot that’s probably not going to be a great choice since a multifocal is known for creating haloes.
All IOLs improve how well you can see with glasses after surgery; the specific type determines how well you will see without glasses.
Monofocal IOLs are the only IOLs covered and paid for by Medicare and insurance.
Toric IOLs that can further reduce dependence on glasses after surgery are not considered a medical necessity and, therefore, are not covered by medical, vision, or other insurances.
If you select a toric lens implant, your insurance will still provide coverage for the surgery, however, you are responsible for the cost of the IOL itself and additional testing. Which type of implant is best for you depends on your vision, lifestyle, eye anatomy, surgeon’s recommendations, expectations and budget.
Due to current technology limitations of multifocal lenses Dr. Swedberg does not offer them at this time.
If your desire is to pursue a multifocal lens implant we have a wide range of referral sources in the community that offer this service.
The monofocal IOL is a fixed-focus implant. This means that:
Monofocal lenses are covered by Medicare and insurance—subject to deductibles and co-insurance.
The monofocal toric IOL works at one fixed distance only. This means that:
Monovision Correction Surgery
One eye corrected at near the other corrected at distance. Each eye takes turns focusing.
Monovision is a special surgical lens procedure that can effectively correct one eye for distance while treating the other for near vision.
Only candidates who have tried correcting their vision this way in the past will be eligible for this cataract surgery because it requires the brain to adapt.
Per the Washington State Health Department masks are still required to be worn by all patients and staff regardless of CDC recommendations.
Since we perform exams in close proximity we appreciate all patients wearing their masks appropriately for the entirety of their visit to protect our staff and families.