Advancements in technology now give those who are ready for cataract surgery more options! Dependent on lifestyle needs and desires, patients can select a traditional monofocal lens or upgrade their cataract surgery procedure. We feel it is important to inform all patients who will be undergoing cataract surgery about their lens options. Below are the different types of lenses. If you choose a premium lens, the cataract surgeons at any of our convenient locations, including Edenton, Elizabeth City, Kinston, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Washington, will help determine the best fit for lifestyle needs as well as eye conditions.
Traditional Monofocal Lens
With single vision lens implants, depending on the level of astigmatism addressed at the preoperative examination, a patient may need bifocal glasses after cataract surgery. Medicare and most private insurance carriers will pay 80% of your cataract surgery and the monofocal lens. This is considered basic coverage. Please check with your insurance provider to learn your exact coverage terms.
Astigmatism Correcting Lens (Toric Lens)
The astigmatism correcting lens is a special monofocal lens which is specifically designed to treat those patients who have astigmatism. In years past, cataract surgery removed the cataract, but a patient with astigmatism still required glasses for near and/or distance vision. The design of the Toric lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism there by possibly eliminating your need for glasses at distance There is an additional out-of-pocket expense for this advanced technology intraocular lens. Albemarle Eye Center and strive to make the Toric lens affordable for our patients by offering a variety of payment options.
Presbyopia Correcting Lens (Multifocal Lens)
This type of advanced technology intraocular lens is designed to provide a broad range of vision near and far without the need for glasses. Medicare and private insurance provide basic coverage and require you to pay for this advanced technology intraocular lens. Based on FDA clinical data, 80% of patients never need glasses again for any activities. Those who do need glasses need them only for very specific tasks. The goal is to significantly decrease your dependence on glasses. There is an additional cost for this technology. If it is determined that you are a candidate for the presbyopia correcting lens, we can discuss payment options that make this an affordable for each our patients.