Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

At Pacific Eye, we take pride in remaining at the forefront of eye care technology. We utilize the latest in surgical and diagnostic equipment, and offer our patients advanced options for products and treatments, such as premium intraocular lenses. These artificial lenses are used at our offices in and around San Luis Obispo for cataract treatment through eye surgery that replaces the eye's cloudy natural lens.

If you would like to learn more about cataract treatment and IOL options, request an appointment online, or call (805) 545-8100 to find out how we can help you to improve your vision and your life.

About IOLs

In the past, the only IOL option was a monofocal lens, which improves vision at only one distance. These are a vast improvement over the clouded lenses that they replace, but still require the patient to wear corrective lenses to see at closer distances. The new, premium/advanced IOLs that we offer are capable of solving more vision problems than ever before.

There are several types of premium IOLs used for cataract treatment in custom cataract surgery:

  • Multifocal Lenses such as AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®, ReZoom® or Tecnis® multifocal IOLs are designed to correct a full range of vision, including near, far, and in between, for a return to your natural, youthful vision after cataracts.
  • Accommodating Lenses such as the Crystalens® can "flex" or "accommodate," using the eye's natural muscles to focus on subjects at various distances, delivering a continuous range of vision. They can even correct age-related presbyopia, helping patients see at a close range.
  • Toric Lenses (acrysofiqtoric.com) designed for people with astigmatism.

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Premium lenses may also come with additional "bonus features" such as UV or blue light protection. "Premium" lenses are named as such because they offer additional benefits beyond the traditional monofocal lens. These lenses are not typically covered by Medicare or other insurance plans because the benefits that they provide are not medically necessary.

Our eye surgeons on the Central Coast will discuss cost and other details with you at your consultation. They will make sure that you are fully informed of your IOL options, and will help you to determine which lens is right for your particular needs.

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