Choosing the lens that is right for you

Cataract Consult

Based on the results of your cataract examination, your lifestyle, daily activities, and your desire to be independent of glasses, contacts, multi-lenses or reading glasses, Dr. Parker and Dr. Stuckenschneider can guide you in choosing the best IOL for your individual needs.

Standard Monofocal IOLs


Monofocal IOL

A monofocal IOL is a fixed lens that corrects vision at one distance only, whether near, intermediate, or far. Since the IOL corrects vision at just one distance, most patients opt to correct their distance vision. Typically reading glasses are required after surgery.

Monofocal lenses are considered standard for correcting cataracts and are therefore covered by Medicare and most insurance providers.

In summary, a monofocal IOL:

  • Provides improved distance vision
  • Still requires reading glasses for close-up vision
  • If significant astigmatism present, still requires distance glasses
  • Typically covered by insurance and Medicare

Multi-Focal IOLs

Multifocal IOL
Multifocal IOL

A multifocal lens has several rings of different powers built into the lens. The part of the lens or "ring" you look through determines if you see clearly at far, near, or intermediate distance. Some patients have difficulty adjusting to seeing this way. Additionally, the technology is designed primarily for near and distance vision, sometimes compromising intermediate vision.

Multifocal IOLs are premium lenses and are considered an elective upgrade for cataract surgery. The patient will incur out-of-pocket fees.

In summary, a monofocal IOL:

  • Provides near, intermediate, and distance vision
  • Reduces the need for glasses
  • Does not correct astigmatism
  • Not covered by insurance and Medicare
  • Considered an elective premium IOL upgrade and associated out-of-pocket fees

Toric IOLs

Toric IOL
Toric IOL

For patients with cataracts and a pre-existing corneal astigmatism, a toric IOL may give the best results. The toric IOL corrects for both conditions simultaneously by delivering precise astigmatic correction and providing quality distance vision without glasses or contacts after surgery.

Toric IOLs are premium lenses and are considered an elective upgrade for cataract surgery. The patient will incur out-of-pocket fees.

Accommodative IOLs

Crystalens IOL
Crystalens IOL

An accommodative IOL is hinged to work in coordination with the eye muscles. The design allows the lens to move forward to focus at near and backward when focusing at a distance much like a natural lens. The lens flexes or "accommodates" to focus at varying distances delivering a continuous range of vision.

Accommodative IOLs are premium lenses and are considered an elective upgrade for cataract surgery. The patient will incur out-of-pocket fees.