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Outlook Eyecare utilizes the latest technology and treatment options for the best results for our patients. Despite innovations in multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs), many of our cataract surgery patients in New Jersey choose standard IOLs. What we call "traditional" or "standard" IOLs are actually quite remarkable. Today's artificial lenses are small and soft enough to be placed into the eye through a tiny incision which requires no sutures. These lenses restore clear vision to cataract sufferers through a same day outpatient procedure that is virtually painless.

If you are interested in eye surgery at one of our New Jersey offices, request a consultation at Outlook Eyecare, or call us at (609) 409-2777 (Monroe Township) or (609) 419-1920 (Princeton) and one of our friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.

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People prefer Outlook Eyecare for many reasons including our:

  • Team of board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologists
  • Boutique-style practice centered on personalized eye care
  • Comprehensive offering of services
  • State-of-the-art technology & techniques
  • On-site optical shop
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About Intraocular Lenses

An intraocular lens is an artificial lens made of plastic, silicone or acrylic that replaces the eye's natural lens during cataract surgery. These lenses replace the clouded lenses, and restore the patient's vision at one distance, which is why they are often referred to as "monofocal" lenses.

While some patients will regain 20/20 vision with a standard IOL, most will still require corrective lenses to see well at all distances. Many patients, who come to our practice from Monroe Township, and the Princeton area, choose to have clear distance vision and wear corrective lenses for near vision. Others prefer to have clear vision up close, and wear glasses or contacts for distance vision. Our experienced surgeons will discuss your vision and lifestyle needs to determine which approach is best for you.

About 1 in 3 patients now opts for a multifocal lens but many of our cataract surgery patients still opt for standard IOLs as opposed to multifocal IOLs such as Crystalens® or AcrySof® ReSTOR® or TECNIS® MF. Reasons for choosing traditional IOLs include:

  • Lower cost
  • No need or desire to be eyeglass free
  • Covered by Medicare and private vision insurance plans

Since multifocal IOLs are considered "premium" or "fancy" they have a higher cost. Because traditional IOLs have been the standard of care for many years, their cost is covered by insurance. Medicare and most other vision insurance plans typically cover only part of the expense of multifocal IOLs.

What to Expect

Cataract surgery is typically performed on only one eye at a time in order to see how the eye responds, and to allow the patient to retain some vision during recovery. Typically, the second eye is operated on approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the first eye.

Cataract surgery has a very high rate of success and relatively low risk of complications. The risks and side effects associated with standard IOLs are roughly the same as those associated with multifocal IOLs. Your surgeon at Outlook Eyecare will discuss the procedure in detail and be sure that you understand what to expect afterward.

The Next Step

Our experienced surgeons will guide you through the many decisions involved with your cataract surgery. Regardless of the lens option you choose, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care and optimal results from the professionals at Outlook Eyecare.

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