At Tayani Institute, we recognize that each of our patients is unique and comes to us with their own set of goals and expectations. We want to provide a wide range of treatment options designed to suit different needs. Once we have learned more about the individual patient and their lifestyle, we can help them make the choices that are right for them.
Some of our cataract surgery patients opt to replace their natural lens with a standard monofocal intraocular lens, which restores clear vision at a single distance. In addition to standard or basic lenses, we also offer elective premium lenses that have special advantages. Many of our patients are happy to pay a little more for lenses that allow them to live a more active lifestyle.
In this post, our team explains why upgrading to premium or “lifestyle” lenses is well worth it!
The best advantage to premium multifocal lenses over standard monofocal lenses is that, as the name suggests, multifocal lenses restore clear vision at multiple distances — without glasses. Virtually all patients find that they spend the majority of their days glasses-free, thanks to premium lenses.
Basic monofocal lenses are fixed to a specific distance (usually faraway) and patients must compensate by wearing glasses to see clearly up close and at intermediate distances. Many patients with monofocal lenses find it inconvenient to constantly reach for reading glasses to drive, send a text message or do any close-up work.
However, multifocal lenses usually eliminate the need for reading glasses, providing a range of clear sharp vision at nearly every distance.
Sometimes premium IOLs are known as lifestyle lenses, because they make it possible to live an active and full life after cataracts. Because lifestyle lenses restore clear vision at multiple distances, patients can enjoy their favorite hobbies, such as sewing, golfing or hiking without dependence on glasses.
Some lenses, known as accommodating IOLs, are designed to mimic the eye’s natural process of accommodation, in which it seamlessly adjusts its focusing power to see clearly at all distances.
Another reason why it is worthwhile to upgrade to premium lenses is that some of them are designed to correct pre-existing visual conditions, like astigmatism. Astigmatism is an irregular curvature of the cornea, which can cause blurry or distorted vision. Cataract surgery involves extracting the eye’s lens and implanting an artificial lens — but it does nothing to correct astigmatism. Luckily, there are special IOLs, known as toric IOLs, which are designed to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery.
Our doctors are devoted to helping every cataract surgery patient enjoy the best possible vision, and often that involves implanting a premium IOL. For more information about premium lenses, please contact (949) 489-2218 or email Tayani Institute today.