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3 Tips For Choosing An IOL Cost-Effectively

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Choosing an IOL is sometimes easier said than done. After all, it is something that will affect the way you see for the rest of your life.

For that reason, you need to be careful and choose the right one. But as much as you may want to buy the best IOL, money does factor into many people’s options.

Here are ways to help streamline your IOL decision process and even help save you some money along the way!

Know Your Options

IOLs are actually quite customizable. They come in two categories: standard and premium.

The standard IOL option is called a monofocal IOL. This IOL provides the ability to see after surgery, but only at one distance.

This means that you will need to use glasses or contacts after cataract surgery to see at the ranges that you need for normal daily activities.

There is a way to achieve functional vision at different ranges. This is a technique that uses monofocal IOLs called monovision.

The idea behind monovision is there’s one monofocal IOL set at a close range in one eye, and another monofocal IOL set a far range in the opposite eye. After some time, your eyes should get used to switching between dominant eyes to see at different distances.

While monovision is an acceptable and effective way to see cost-effectively, it can’t compete in quality when it comes to premium options. Premium IOLs include multifocal, accommodating, and toric IOLs.

Multifocal IOLs correct for both near and far vision in a similar fashion to bifocals. The lenses have zones that bend light differently depending on how it passes through. Multifocal IOLs may provide clearer vision up close than other premium options.

Accommodating IOLs achieve the same goal but through a different method. These lenses physically move and adjust in your eye. This IOL most closely mimics the motion of a natural lens. This may improve the transition when switching focus.

Toric IOLs are specifically designed for eyes that suffer from astigmatism.

Talk With Your Doctor

Eye care professionals have extensive knowledge when it comes to IOL selection. While the decision is ultimately yours, speaking with a professional can give you a clearer understanding of your options.

It can also give you insight into what other people have experienced. Come into Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, TX to learn more.

Explore Money-Saving Options

Westlake Eye Specialists accepts a wide array of insurance providers. Check with yours to find out what IOLs are covered.

We also offer payment through CareCredit. CareCredit allows you to manage the surgical cost with low monthly payments. These more easily fit into your budget.

You should also look into flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts. Both will allow you to set aside money to spend on certain healthcare costs.

They have different rules associated with them. Check with your employer to find out if you have an FSA or HSA, and for more details about how they function.

Looking for more information about IOLs and cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract screening at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, TX!

Choosing an IOL can be tough, so why not get some advice from one of our expert ophthalmologists?