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Understanding Premium IOLs: Beyond Basic Cataract Surgery

Posted by: Northwest Eye in News on June 18, 2024

Over the years cataract surgery has evolved significantly, offering patients more than just restored vision. At Northwest Eye, we provide a variety of premium intraocular lens (IOLs) options designed to enhance vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. Our team at Northwest Eye is here to help you achieve your vision goals after cataract surgery.

What Are Intraocular Lenses?

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that are implanted during cataract surgery to replace the eye’s natural lens that has become cloudy. Standard IOLs restore basic vision focusing on a single distance, which often requires patients to use glasses. However, premium IOLs offer advanced vision correction, addressing a range of visual issues and reducing the need for glasses.

Premium IOL Packages at Northwest Eye

Package A: Single Distance (Near or Far) Astigmatism Package

For patients with astigmatism, our Single Distance package corrects either near-sightness or far-sightedness. This package may include an enhanced lens and/or astigmatism-correcting technology to ensure optimal vision correction.

Package B: Blended Vision (Reading + Distance) Astigmatism Package

The Blended Vision package allows patients with astigmatism to achieve both near and far vision. This is done by correcting one eye for near vision and the other for distance vision, significantly reducing the need for glasses for both ranges.

Package C: Light Adjustable Lens Package

The Light Adjustable Lens offers unparalleled customization, allowing post-surgery adjustments to fine-tune your vision. Patients can trial different focal points before finalizing their prescription, ensuring optimal visual outcomes.

Package D: IC-8 Apthera Lens

The IC-8 Apthera Lens is designed to provide a continuous range of vision from near to far in one eye, with a different lens in the other eye for distance. It’s particularly beneficial for patients with a history of radial keratotomy or irregular astigmatism.

Package E: Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS)

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery offers several advantages over traditional methods. This technology provides increased precision, customized treatment, improved lens fragmentation, enhanced capsulotomy, reduced risk of complications, and better for astigmatism management. The decision to use Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery should be made based on individual patient needs and the surgeon’s expertise.

Benefits of Choosing Premium IOLs

  • Enhanced Vision Quality: Premium IOLs improve overall visual quality, reducing glare and halos and enhancing contrast sensitivity.
  • Reduced Dependence on Glasses: Many patients find they no longer need glasses or only require them occasionally after opting for a premium IOL.
  • Customized Vision Correction: With consultation from your surgeon, various premium IOL options allow you to choose the best one for your lifestyle and vision needs.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing the right IOL can significantly impact your quality of life. At Northwest Eye, our providers and team will work closely with you to determine the best option based on your specific vision requirements and lifestyle. We use advanced diagnostic tools and personalized consultations to ensure you receive the best possible care.

As cataract surgery advances, patients now have more options for enhanced vision. At Northwest Eye, we offer premium intraocular lenses to help you achieve your vision goals and reduce dependence on glasses. From single distance correction to the innovative Light Adjustable Lens and more, our team is here to help.

Ready to take the next steps towards clearer vision? Schedule an appointment, take our cataract self-test today, or call us at (763) 416-7600 to start your vision journey with Northwest Eye.


Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd.,
Suite 100 & 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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6060 Clearwater Dr., Suite 150
Minnetonka, MN 55343

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***This office will be moving to our new Crosstown location on January 1.**
New Location:
12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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