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Intraocular Lenses (IOL’s)

A Synthetic Solution for Clearer Vision

When most people think of surgical vision correction, the procedure that first comes to mind is LASIK 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 our practices in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates.

Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the natural crystalline lens within the eye becomes clouded 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 IOL’S Used for Cataract Surgery

AcrySof® ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens

ReSTORThe AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL) is a revolutionary new artificial lens that can restore a patient’s full range of vision while simultaneously reducing a patient’s dependence on bifocals or prescription reading glasses. The patented design utilizes apodized diffractive technology, which manages light delivered to the cornea by distributing light to distant and nearby focal points. This results in excellent visual acuity of nearby as well as faraway objects, allowing patients to read the print on medicine bottles, newspapers, and magazines while also providing vision of distant objects.

Clinical trials have shown that four out of five patients who have undergone bilateral cataract surgery did not require glasses or bifocals following the procedure. In fact, 84 percent of patients experienced 20/25 distance vision or better and 20/32 near vision or better. 85 percent of AcrySof® ReSTOR® patients experienced 20/40 binocular intermediate vision or better.

If you want to learn more about the AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL) and refractive lens exchange, contact Chicago Cornea Consultants, in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates today!

AcrySof® ReSTOR® TORIC Lens

ToricA new intraocular lens option is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL. This advanced technology lens combines the benefits of a full range of vision provided by the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL with the astigmatic correction of the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL. The result: true performance at all distances for patients with astigmatism.

The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL treats both presbyopia and astigmatism in one surgery. With the performance and precision of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL, your cataract surgeons at Chicago Cornea now have this advanced and innovative lens option to treat your astigmatism and cataract and to help improve your vision.

TECNIS Multifocal IOL

TecnisFor 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 results superior to those of a standard multifocal lens and offers an excellent chance to become spectacle independent.

Exceptional Full Range of Vision

Only the advanced TECNIS Multifocal lens enables you to see clearly at near, intermediate, and far distances without glasses in all light conditions.

Crystalens™

CrystalensImagine if you could read, sew, drive, and go about your life without having to depend on glasses. A revolutionary new intraocular lens implant (IOL) called the Crystalens™ may make that possible. Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have been selected to be among the first practices to offer our patients the extraordinary Crystalens™, which is used to replace the eye’s natural lens when removed either at the time of cataract surgery or during refractive lens exchange, where the lens is removed strictly for refractive correction. Crystalens™, an intraocular lens implant (IOL), has the ability to accommodate, or change shape, allowing it to focus on both distant and near objects. Not everyone is a candidate for Crystalens™, but a screening examination at any of our three locations (Chicago, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates), will help us determine your candidacy.

Patients over 50 who are nearsighted or farsighted can receive Crystalens™ as part of a refractive lens exchange. With the Crystalens™, these patients are less likely to have to depend on reading glasses than they would with a standard mono-focal IOL.

Crystalens™ may allow you to live your life without being dependent on glasses. To determine if you are a candidate, please contact one of our three offices, located in Chicago, Highland Park, or Hoffman Estates, to schedule an evaluation. Please specify that you are interested in the Crystalens™ procedure.

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ORA

Enhanced Accuracy With the ORA System

For patients who are having toric or multifocal intraocular lenses implanted, patients who suffer from astigmatism, or patients who have had prior refractive corneal surgery, we offer the Alcon ORA system at two of our locations. Our doctors can discuss this method in further detail and determine if it is right for you.

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Phakic Intraocular Lenses

Phakic intraocular lenses are designed to correct extreme cases of nearsightedness. They are especially beneficial for patients who have been ruled out as LASIK candidates because of especially thin corneas, dry eyes, or oversized pupils. Using either the Artisan or Staar Visian ICL phakic IOL’s, we can offer patients improved vision and increased freedom from contact lenses or glasses. During an outpatient surgical procedure, these IOL’s are placed over the natural lens of the eye in order to effectively treat high degrees of myopia. This advanced technology offers long-lasting benefits similar to those achieved with LASIK.

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Toric Multi-Focal IOL’s

Active Focus Multifocal IOL’s

+2.5 and +3.0 ActiveFocus CRST

Active Focus Toric IOL

ActiveFocus Toric

How do I Pay for this Upgraded IOL After 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®

CareCreditCareCredit® 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.

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

 


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Loss of near vision, or presbyopia, happens when your natural lens loses elasticity, making it difficult to change your focus to see objects up close.  It affects most people in their 40s and early 50s. The hassle and inconvenience of readers is driving many patients to look for a better way to improve their near vision without glasses. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a simple solution to presbyopia. This innovative and unique procedure is an effective alternative to the hassle of readers. Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a minimally invasive and long term solution to improve near vision without glasses.
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Contact lenses are medical devices which interact directly with the ocular surface of the eye. At Chicago Cornea Consultants, we provide exceptional care to ensure that you obtain the best possible vision with contact lenses that fit appropriately and maximize health benefits.
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