Implantable Contact Lenses

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Implantable Contact LensesIf your natural optic lens is too damaged, our Kyle and Austin, TX ophthalmologists offer another way for you to see clearly that doesn’t involve thick eyeglasses or the daily use of regular contact lenses. Our skilled eye doctors can place an implantable contact lens (otherwise known as an intraocular lens, IOL) inside your eye to help you see near, far, and in between.

Uses for Implantable Contact Lenses 

Since being approved by the FDA in 1981, implantable contact lenses have offered an effective alternative for cataract patients and refractive lens exchange patients, allowing them great vision even after their natural lenses have been removed.

Cataract Patients

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in your eye. When this occurs, your Kyle and Austin, TX ophthalmologist removes the cataract (which also removes the lens). Following, your eye doctor can replace that lens with an implantable contact lens.

Refractive Lens Exchange Patients

As an alternative to laser surgeries to improve vision, some patients are choosing to replace their natural lenses with implantable contact lenses. This surgery is known as a “refractive lens exchange,” or RFE. Through this procedure, our eye doctors can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatisms, and even presbyopia.

Types of Implantable Contact Lenses

The Howerton Eye Clinic offers three main types of implantable contact lenses:

  • Monofocal
  • Multifocal
  • Toric

Monofocal Lens

A monofocal lens has a single focal point. It allows the eye to see well at a single distance. It is a good option for people who won't mind wearing glasses after cataract surgery. A monofocal lens will provide you with the best quality vision for tasks requiring distance vision, such as driving during the day or night, watching TV, going to the movies, or participating in sports. However, you must wear glasses to correct your vision at an intermediate and near distance for reading a book, working on a computer, cooking, reading the time on your watch, doing makeup, shaving, etc. Note, you may have to wear progressive glasses even if you do not need to wear them to see at a distance.  

Multifocal Lens

A multifocal lens contains different optic areas designed to accommodate different light levels and various focal distances. Multifocal lenses provide high-quality vision in any light or at any distance – day or night, near or far. These lenses especially help patients who have trouble seeing at night or when in dark places.

Toric Lens

A Toric lens helps cataract patients with astigmatisms. An astigmatism is when the cornea is curved more in one direction than the other. Toric lenses reduce the astigmatism, which leads to better vision after a patient’s cataracts have been removed.

Premium vs. Traditional IOLS

Traditional IOLs are Monofocal. They only allow patients to hold one perspective of vision at a time (far distance, intermediate distance, or near distance). As a result, this type of IOL still requires patients to utilize corrective lenses to compensate for the other two missing distances. Meanwhile, Premium IOLs (P-IOLs) are Multifocal. P-IOLS are a newer innovation that provide patients the ability to see more than one distance without using glasses or contacts. 

Cost Difference

Conventional (monofocal) IOLs are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Premium (multifocal) IOLs are not covered by insurance and are an out-of-pocket expense. For more about out financing and insurance options, click here.

Premium Brands

There are many brands of multifocal premium lenses, each with their own specific benefits and uses. The multifocal premium lenses offered by our Austin and Kyle, TX ophthalmologists include:

  • TECNIS® SYMFONY – The first extended range of vision IOL to correct presbyopia and improve vision in people with cataracts. It improves far, intermediate, and near vision with a decreased need for glasses or contact lens after cataract surgery. This type of lens delivers a continuous full range of high quality vision with reduced incidence of halos and glare.
  • TECNIS® – Multifocal lenses that provide high-quality vision in any light condition or at any distance. These multifocal IOLs perform well for near and far distances.
  • Toric P-IOLSs – Used for people with corneal astigmatisms. 
  • Blue Light-Filtering IOLs – Implantable contact lenses that help filter UV light rays.

Improve Your Vision Today

Thank you for choosing Howerton Eye Clinic for your vision needs. Our implantable contact lens options are just one of the many ways our trusted Kyle and Austin, TX ophthalmologists help you improve your eyesight. For any questions about implantable contact lenses, or to schedule a consultation with one of our eye doctors, contact us today!