Cataracts are the result of clouding on the lens of the eye that develops overtime. Just like in a camera, the lens of the eye is important in the eye’s function, and plays a big role in bending light through it and allowing images to get transferred to the retina, then onto the brain where the image is processed. As cloudiness on the lens of the eye develops, the light isn’t able to successfully pass through the lens. Instead, light is scattered, and the result is cloudy or blurred vision.

Most people with cataracts do not even realize that they are suffering from a distortion on their lens, as initially any changes in vision may be undetected. The first sign of cataract formation may be when night vision begins to diminish. Fortunately, there are many advanced treatments for modern cataract surgery, without stitches or incisions.

Depending on the degree of the cataracts, surgical removal of the cataracts may be the only options for treatment. The process involves breaking down the cataracts, and removing them. As the cataracts were on the lens of the eye, the lens is also removed, and will need to be replaced with a synthetic one. Fortunately, there are many different options for intraocular lens (IOL) replacements.

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Lens Options

Modern cataract care involves removal of a cloudy crystalline lens (the cataract) and its replacement with a clear intra-ocular lens implant or IOL.  The use of intra-ocular lens implants (IOLs) is now considered to be the standard of care.  Situations when it is not medically advisable or physically impossible to implant a lens are very rare.  Before the advent of modern lens implants,  patients were left aphakic (without lenses) and had to resort to use of very thick “Coke bottle” glasses or contact lenses.

Other than the convenience of not having to wear “Coke bottle glasses”, there are a number of medical reasons why it is important to have a lens implant.  Aphakic eyes (eyes without lenses), are at higher risk of developing glaucoma and retinal detachments.  That is why every reasonable effort is always made to place a lens implant in the eye.

There are a number of lens implant options available to the physician and the patient. These lenses all have a basic function of focusing images on the retina.

Some lens implants have extended functions, such as correcting corneal astigmatism (Toric lenses) or allowing the eye to focus at both distance and near, without having to resort to use of glasses or contacts (Presbyopia Correcting Lenses).  These IOL’s  with extended functions are usually not covered by health insurance or Medicare.  That is because these lenses, while providing the patients with the convenience of  spectacle freedom, are not considered to be “medically necessary” by most health insurers.  The “spectacle freedom” afforded by such extended function lenses comes with the added cost  that is assumed by the patient.

Cost issues aside, not all lenses are appropriate for all patients.  There are various factors that are individual to each patient that must be considered.  If the idea of being glasses free sounds enticing ask your doctor about the premium cataract care at the Benjamin Eye Institute.

Read more about why you should choose Benjamin Eye for cataract treatment in Beverly Hills. Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Benjamin at 310.507.7988.

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