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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 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.

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Types of IOL’S Used for Cataract Surgery

Alcon Panoptix Trifocal IOL

Alcon PanOptix Trifocal IOLMuch 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.

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TECNIS Multifocal IOL

TECNIS Multifocal IOL ExampleFor 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.


Crystalens™ IOL ExampleImagine 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 Technology

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.

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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 LogoCareCredit® 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.


LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that is designed to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants™, our LASIK surgeons and eye doctors use the latest in laser vision correction technology to ensure each patient receives optimal results.
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Laser Eye Surgery
As leaders in the field of ophthalmology, we were among the first in the area to offer the advanced Alcon LenSx laser platform for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology allows our skilled ophthalmologists to make incredibly precise modifications, enhancing the patient experience.
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Advanced Cataract
Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses for clear reading vision. It's a condition not even correctable by laser vision correction. Luckily, there is an option. Refractive lens exchange allows patients a clear alternative to reading glasses and is capable of reducing or eliminating presbyopia by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
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Keratoconus describes a cornea that weakens as collagen fibers deteriorate, causing the cornea to adapt a cone-like shape. Keratoconus can cause blurred vision, light sensitivity, glares, and decreased night vision. In its early stages, keratoconus may be treated with the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses. Keratoconus is also one of the most common reasons for corneal transplant, and one of the most successful. Call any of our offices and ask to speak to the Vision Correction Surgical Coordinator, or use the contact form below.
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Dry eye can result from a lack of sufficient production of your own natural tears, with an inability to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. This can cause mild to severe discomfort including itching, stinging and burning. Dry eyes are a common concern in Chicago, and the experienced team of corneal specialists at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ have the latest advancements in technology to treat dry eye.
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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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