A Synthetic Solution for Clearer Vision
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 our practices in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates.
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.
Types of IOL’S 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 a sharper vision for using their phone, reading books, seeing on their desktops, watching TV, and driving.
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 results superior to those of a standard multifocal lens and offers an excellent chance to become independent of eyeglasses.
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.
Imagine 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.
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 all of our locations. Our doctors can discuss this method in further detail and determine if it is right for you. The ORA can substantially improve results in these “difficult” situations, and is associated with an additional fee.
Toric Multi-Focal IOL’s
These special lens implants ARE now also available to treat patients with astigmatism who are interested in multifocal optics.
How do I Pay for this “Premium” IOL 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 IOL’s, contact Chicago Cornea Consultants in Chicago, Highland Park, or Hoffman Estates to schedule a consultation.