Advanced Technology

The surgeons at Associated Eye Care utilize the latest cataract surgery technologies to provide superior outcomes in the safest way possible. Technological advances allow for enhanced precision along each step of your cataract surgery journey. This allows us to deliver predictably exceptional visual outcomes.

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VERION™ Image Guided System

The VERION Image Guided System obtains measurements and reference images of your eye before surgery. Data from these images are used to project real-time augmented reality information through the operating microscope oculars while your surgeon performs your cataract surgery. This data may be used to guide incision placement, perfectly center the lens implant, or accurately align a toric lens for precise astigmatism correction. Digital marking systems offer advanced precision compared to older methods of marking the eye by hand.

Advanced Technology Lenses

Wearing reading glasses after cataract surgery is no longer the only option. Associated Eye Care surgeons are qualified to implant the latest advanced technology lenses that are specially designed to provide crisp vision at a range of distances to dramatically reduce or eliminate your need for glasses.

When performing cataract surgery, the hazy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens implant. The latest lens implant technologies allow for the correction of astigmatism and the age-related need for reading glasses, allowing your surgeon to provide you with the most appropriate treatment for your visual needs. Personalizing your procedure leads to enhanced satisfaction and more visual independence for you.

If you are interested in greater freedom from glasses after cataract surgery, schedule an evaluation today. Your Associated Eye Care surgeon will discuss your lifestyle and carefully examine your eyes to determine the best lens implant options to meet your needs.

Advanced Technology Lens FAQ

Who is a Candidate for an Advanced Technology Lens?

Advanced technology lens candidates include individuals with cataracts that impair vision, as well as patients over age 45 who desire a full range of vision in each eye without corrective lenses. Patients with health problems, such as diabetes or a chronic infection, should wait until those conditions are under control before scheduling this procedure. You are not a candidate for an advanced technology lens if you have already undergone a cataract correction procedure. Your surgeon will perform a careful examination before making any recommendation. At that time, your eyes will be measured to determine the correct lens power for your advanced technology lens.

I have had LASIK Vision Correction. Am I Still a Candidate for an Advanced Technology Lens?

As long as your eye is healthy, you can have an advanced technology lens implanted, even if you have already had a refractive procedure like LASIK.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

An advanced technology lens is implanted on an outpatient basis in less than 20 minutes. The eye is numbed with eye drops, and medications are given for relaxation. Your surgeon removes the eye’s natural lens and replaces it with the new lens. You will feel only slight pressure. After the procedure, your surgeon administers drops to control inflammation and prevent infection. The very small incision requires no stitches and heals quickly.

When Can I Resume Normal Activity?

Most patients can drive and return to work after only a few days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your surgeon will advise you regarding activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

Can Lenses Be Implanted in Both Eyes on the Same Day?

Generally, your surgeon will implant an advanced technology lens in one eye first, then monitor the healing and vision of that eye before scheduling the procedure for your other eye.

Is the Procedure to Implant an Advanced Technology Lens Safe?

The advanced technology lens procedure is virtually identical to the cataract procedure that has been performed safely for the past 25 years on more than 65 million eyes in the U.S. alone.

Which Lens is Right for Me?

For cataract patients, the choice is between a traditional lens plus glasses for near vision or the greater visual freedom offered by an advanced technology lens. Patients without cataracts can choose bifocals or the chance to recapture a full range of vision without corrective lenses. Before advising you, your surgeon will consider the health of your eyes, your lifestyle and the demands of your occupation and hobbies. Ultimately, the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?”

Is There an Additional Cost for an Advanced Technology Lens?

Yes. Medicare pays the standard cataract benefit and the patient pays an additional charge for the advanced technology lens and related technical services. Because advanced technology lenses are an upgrade from the standard monofocal replacement lenses usually used in cataract procedures, they are considered elective. The implantation of an advanced technology lens requires additional pre-operative testing to measure for lens accuracy. These tests are not covered by Medicare or most health insurance plans. Associated Eye Care’s additional fee for an advanced technology lens includes an Extended Care Component that covers these tests as well as post-operative office visits for up to twelve months, beginning on the date of surgery.

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