Lens Implants

August 18, 2015


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A lens implant replaces your natural lens.

It is made of acrylic or silicone and will last for the rest of your life. Your surgeon will recommend the lens implant best for you. There are two categories of lens implants: standard and premium.

Standard lens implants correct for only one range of vision, either distance or near. If you choose distance, you will need reading glasses for close vision.  Standard lens implants provide excellent quality of vision. They are a good choice for patients who will not mind wearing glasses for some activities.


Premium lens implants provide a continuous range of vision from near to far.

With standard lens implants, you will sometimes need to wear glasses. With premium lens implants, your functional vision spans distance to close-up without glasses.

One of the most exciting and important developments in refractive cataract surgery is premium bifocal (multifocal and pseudo-accommodating) lens implants. No other technology can provide distance and near vision in the same eye. After removing the natural lens, implanting the bifocal lens creates remarkable binocular vision. It enhances both distant and near activities with both eyes. Since the mid-1990s, millions of satisfied patients have enjoyed this FDA approved technology. Although corrective eye wear may occasionally be necessary, the freedom from glasses and contact lenses remains incredible.


Most people implanted with a premium lens will experience significant improvement after surgery.

But, not everyone will see 20/20 at all distances. In some situations, glasses will help. Patients with the premium lens implant may notice some glare and halos immediately after surgery. These will diminish as your eyes and brain learn to adapt to the new lens. Preoperative measurements provide vision accurate to the hundredth of a millimeter. But, the final visual outcomes can be affected by your healing process. Any significant residual refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism may be improved with another procedure such as LASIK.


The cost of cataract surgery, anesthesia, and the standard lens implant is covered by your insurance.

The premium lens implants are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance. An out-of-pocket expense will cover the cost of the premium lens. There may be an added cost if an additional procedure is required to optimize your vision. Summit Eye Center offers low payment plans with 0% interest are available.

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Ask the doctors at Summit Eye Center if you qualify for this amazing opportunity to achieve a fresh view of the world!


By assessing your individual eye health and lifestyle preferences, the doctors at Summit Eye Center can determine which lens will help you.

Below are the premium lens implants that Summit Eye Center is proud to offer:



The AcrySof® Toric lens makes it possible to significantly improve your distance vision while also reducing or eliminating your astigmatism to provide outstanding distance correction independent of glasses and contact lenses. Reading glasses will still be necessary.



ReSTOR is a unique IOL innovation which provides quality vision throughout the entire visual spectrum-near through distance-greatly enhancing your independence from reading glasses or bifocals. Apodization is the gradual tapering of the diffractive steps

from the center to the outside edge of a lens to create a smooth transition of light between the distance, intermediate and near focal points. Diffraction involves the bending or spreading of light to multiple focal points as it passes through the lens. The center of AcrySof ReSTOR IOL consists of an apodized diffractive optic, maximizing your near vision.

Near vision refers to focal points which are typically 16 inches or closer to your eyes. This is also known as “reading vision”.

Intermediate distance refers to activities performed at arm’s length, such as your computer, music, and the dashboard of your car.

Distance vision refers to focal points which are typically 3 feet or further from your eyes, such as billboards, street signs, and movie screens.



Crystalens® is an accommodating intraocular lens which may reduce or eliminate glasses for most activities, including near, intermediate, and distance. Crystalens was modeled after the human eye. Like the natural lens, it uses the eye muscles to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects at all distances. Crystalens dynamically adjusts to your visual needs.

Crystalens is designed to allow the optic, or central circular part of the lens to move back and forth as you constantly change focus on images around you.



Unlike conventional single-vision (monofocal) lens implants, state-of-the-art TECNIS® lenses have been specially designed with multifocal zones which provide remarkable vision across the spectrum of full distances.

The TECNIS® multifocal lenses are clear, foldable implants made of a high-refractive-index acrylic material.

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