IOL Refractive Surgery
There are many ways to restore and increase vision quality for those suffering from cataracts or refractive errors.
Thanks to state-of-the-art biocompatible lenses, you may not need glasses, contacts, or LASIK surgery to see clearly.
Learn how Cohen Eye Associates, Limited, in St. Louis, MO, can enhance your quality of life with IOL refractive surgery.
How Intraocular Lenses Work
Intraocular lenses are artificial lens implants that are made of a safe and comfortable clear plastic. These lenses are custom designed to enhance your eyesight and are often placed as part of cataract surgery.
Supplements the Natural Lens
These artificial lenses have different uses. While some IOLs fit atop the natural lens of the eye, other IOLs completely replace the lens. In either case, patients can experience improved vision thanks to these implants.
Good Candidates for IOL Refractive Surgery
People with CataractsA cataract occurs when the lens contains a buildup of protein. Cataract surgery removes the clouded lens. An IOL can be placed during the procedure to restore clear vision.
People with Myopia (Nearsightedness)Nearsightedness refers to difficulty seeing objects that are up close. IOLs can treat myopia without the need for glasses or contacts. In some cases, it is an advisable alternative to LASIK surgery.
People with AstigmatismOften accompanying myopia, astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea that affects focus. IOLs can be used to treat astigmatism.
People with PresbyopiaPresbyopia is an age-related form of hyperopia (farsightedness). Rather than getting bifocals or monovision LASIK, some patients with hyperopia opt for intraocular lenses. If you have had a refractive surgery like LASIK in the past, you should still be eligible.
Speak with Experienced Vision Specialists Who Care about Your Needs
Whether you want to undergo cataract surgery, a refractive surgery like LASIK, or simply want to learn more about living free of glasses and contact lenses, Dr. Bruce H. Cohen, Dr. Kathryn L. Noonan, and Dr. Nancy M. Buchser are here to help. Our doctors are members of numerous professional eye care organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association, the Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and the St. Louis Optometric Society.
For more information about lens implants and why they may be right for you, schedule a consultation online. You can also reach Cohen Eye Associates, Limited, by phone at:
Types of Intraocular Lenses
Monofocal IOLs are lenses that correct vision for only one distance: near, intermediate, or far-off distances. If you do get monofocal IOLs, you will still need prescription glasses to be able to see clearly at other distances. These lenses are typically covered by insurance.
Multifocal IOLs allow you to see at multiple distances. Some multifocal IOLs have visual zones and function similar to bifocals. Other IOLs are accommodating and mimic the movements of the natural lens of the eye.
Toric IOLs are designed for people who suffer from astigmatism. Toric lenses are not flexible yet still help refract light at different distances. The unique design of the toric lens implant helps address irregular corneal shape.
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I have really enjoyed my experiences at Cohen Eye Associates. Dr. Buchner is a spectacular physician with a great touch. I couldn’t even see out of my right eye and now I have 20/20 vision. Tomorrow I will have my left eye done and I expert to be without glasses for the first time in 50 years.View On Google
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IOL Refractive Surgery Treatment Timeline
Thanks to state-of-the-art IOLs, you could live free of glasses and contacts.
The Cost of IOLs Insurance, Payment, and Financing Options
At Cohen Eye Associates, Limited, we accept a variety of HMO and PPO insurance plans. We can help you check coverage eligibility and will file insurance forms on your behalf. Monofocal lenses are generally covered while premium lenses are not.
Paying for eye procedures should be simple. That's why we accept checks and major credit cards. We can also discuss ways to break up the cost of your care. We believe everyone deserves access to crystal clear sight.
Financing options can make multifocal and other premium lenses more affordable. Thanks to CareCredit® financing, the total cost of treatment can be split into monthly installments with a reasonable interest rate applied.
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Dr. Cohen is an excellent clinician with decades of experience who truly cares about his patients. My husband and I are blessed to have Dr. Cohen taking great care of us and our eyes. Thank you.View On Google
I have been going to Cohen Eye Associates for some years for regular exams. The last time, I was told I needed cataract surgery. I had the same trepidation that many people have when they hear that they need surgery on their eyes, but it was easy and painless. I am delighted to be able to drive again without glasses. Cannot speak too highly about my experience.View On Google