Effective Alternative Treatment

When most people think of surgical vision correction, the procedure that first comes to mind is LASIK eye surgery. While LASIK is an extremely effective treatment for many, it is not a universal solution. Patients who suffer from presbyopia, those with high degrees of hyperopia or myopia, patients with cataracts, or those with certain irregularities of the eye may not be suitable candidates for LASIK. Fortunately, intraocular lenses placed by our Chicago area surgeons offer an effective alternative treatment. To learn more about how you can benefit from intraocular lenses, please contact us at one of our convenient locations in Chicago, Highland Park, Crystal Lake, or Hoffman Estates.

Why choose Chicago Cornea Consultants?

Since 1986, Chicago Cornea Consultants has been providing patients in the Midwest with the highest standard of excellence when it comes to eye care. Using the most advanced, innovative technology available, we help to optimize vision for countless patients. We have performed thousands of successful procedures over the years, helping our patients to not only see better but to form cherished memories with their friends, family, and loved ones.

Our six board-certified ophthalmologists have been recognized both locally and internationally in podcasts, newspapers, and magazine articles and have consistently been named as among Chicago Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Chicago.” Thanks to their state-of-the-art techniques and intuitive understanding of their craft, they serve as leaders and educators around the globe, training other physicians in their cutting-edge approach.

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Cataracts occur when the natural crystalline lens within the eye becomes cloudy or discolored, making a patient’s vision hazy or blurred. While cataracts can occur in patients of any age, they are most likely to occur in patients over the age of 60. We offer laser cataract surgery to break up and remove the clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL) that restores clear vision.

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Types of IOLs used for cataract surgery

Alcon PanOptix Trifocal IOL

Much like a multifocal lens, a trifocal intraocular lens implant has “built-in multiple focus rings” set to alternating refractive powers. However, trifocal lenses are truly better for close, intermediate, and distance vision.

The technology of the lenses allows for crisp reading, computer, and driving focusing because the alternating rings contain sections specifically set to provide aberration-free, crisp images at multiple functional focal points. This can be beneficial for people who want an advanced technology lens to achieve sharper vision while using their phone, reading books, seeing on their desktops, watching TV, or driving.

Alcon PanOptix Trifocal IOL

Alcon Vivity IOL

The Alcon Vivity IOL is a first-of-its-kind intraocular lens implant launched in January of 2021. This IOL is designed to correct vision after the removal of the natural lens due to cataracts. The Vivity IOL is non-diffractive and has an extended depth of focus, making it a presbyopia-mitigating IOL. It is made of a proprietary material called Clareon, which provides exceptional clarity and stability. The lens is designed to reduce glare and halos, common side effects of traditional multifocal IOLs. The Vivity also has a low incidence of visual disturbances, such as starbursts, which can be a significant issue for some patients. One of the key benefits of the Vivity IOL is its ability to expand visual possibilities for patients. The lens provides an extended depth of focus, so patients can see clearly at a range of distances, from near to far. This makes it an ideal choice for those who want to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.

Alcon Vivity IOL

Alcon Toric IOLs

The Alcon Toric IOL is designed to address astigmatism in patients undergoing cataract surgery. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea of the eye is not perfectly round, causing distorted or blurred vision. The Alcon Toric is made of a material called AcrySof, which provides excellent clarity and long-term stability. The lens is available in a range of powers, allowing it to be customized to the patient’s individual needs. The greatest benefit of the Alcon Toric IOL, however, is its ability to reduce or eradicate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses after cataract treatment.

Alcon Toric IOLs

TECNIS Multifocal IOL

For patients undergoing cataract or refractive lens exchange surgery, the advanced TECNIS Multifocal is an implantable lens that restores vision after surgery and corrects presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). It’s the lens 94% of patients would choose again. It delivers better results when compared to standard multifocal lenses and offers an excellent chance to become independent of eyeglasses. Only the advanced TECNIS Multifocal lens enables you to see clearly at near, intermediate, and far distances and forgo glasses in all light conditions.

TECNIS Multifocal IOL

The Alcon ORA System

For patients who are having toric or multifocal intraocular lenses implanted, who suffer from astigmatism, or who have had prior refractive corneal surgery, we offer the Alcon ORA System at all of our locations in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Crystal Lake, and Highland Park. Our doctors can discuss this method in further depth and assess if it is right for you. The ORA can substantially improve results in these difficult situations and is associated with an additional fee.

The Alcon ORA System

How do I pay for premium IOLs with my cataract surgery?

Medicare now allows greater access to advanced technology lens implants. A Medicare ruling on lens implants allows beneficiaries to upgrade to the full range of vision and greater spectacle independence provided by advanced technology lenses. This means the traditional costs associated with cataract treatment are covered by Medicare, with patients having the option to pay additional charges associated with receiving a premium lens.

Financing with CareCredit®

CareCredit® is a payment plan that fits your individual needs and financial circumstances. If you’ve been putting off having an ophthalmic procedure due to budget constraints, CareCredit® can help. Click here or call our office for details.

Learn more about intraocular lenses

If you would like to learn more about long-term vision correction with IOLs, contact Chicago Cornea Consultants in Chicago, Highland Park, Crystal Lake, or Hoffman Estates to schedule a consultation.

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Discover Advanced Surgery in a Serene Setting

Explore state-of-the-art surgery in our relaxing Office-Based Surgical Suite (OBS). Where cutting-edge technology meets serene surroundings, our OBS guarantees top-quality care for various procedures, all conveniently located in our office setting. Find out more about our state-of-the-art OBS suite and whether you qualify for this advanced procedure.

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