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Lens Implant Options

If your vision is impaired enough to have cataract surgery, you will be asked to choose an intraocular lens implant to replace your eye's natural lens which is clouding. After performing your eye exam, Dr. Jaben will discuss your lens implant options and you will be asked to make a choice. Dr. Jaben will not recommend a lens to you. Our goal is to educate patients regarding their options and candidacy and then allow patients to make their own selection.

Currently, there are three types of lenses available...monofocal, monofocal/toric, and multifocal:

Monofocal lenses:
  1. This lens provides only distance vision correction. In some cases, patients may still need glasses for distance vision depending on their prescription.
  2. Patients will still need glasses for all near vision activities such as reading or using the computer.
  3. Cataract surgery using monofocal lenses is covered by medical insurance. Patients are responsible for deductibles and copays.

Toric monofocal lenses:

  1. There is another type of distance correcting monofocal lens that corrects astigmatism. It is called a TORIC lens. As with any monofocal lens, some patients may still need glasses for distance vision depending on their prescription.
  2. Patients will still need glasses for all near vision activities such as reading or using the computer.
  3. The cataract procedure is covered by medical insurance (patients are responsible for deductibles and copays)...however, there is an additional fee of $1050 per eye for the toric lens that is not covered by insurance and will not be filed to the insurance provider.
  4. Dr. Jaben will discuss these fees further during the appointment.

Multifocal Lenses:

  1. Multifocal lenses correct distance, intermediate and near vision……90% of patients that choose this lens are independent of their glasses and contacts for all daily activities.
  2. The cataract procedure is covered by medical insurance (patients are responsible for deductibles and copays)...however, there is an additional fee of $1,995 per eye for this lens that is not covered by insurance and will not be filed to the insurance provider. Patients are responsible for this amount.
  3. Dr. Jaben will discuss these fees further during your appointment.

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