The natural lens of the eye has the ability to shift in its focusing strength in order to allow clear vision at a wide range of distances. This ability to change the focusing power of the eye is called accommodation. Age-related changes not only cause clouding of the natural lens (i.e. cataracts), they also cause a stiffening of the lens which results in a loss of accommodation. This age-related change is termed presbyopia and it limits the eyes’ ability to focus on near objects. This loss of accommodation is the reason that most people need to wear bifocals or reading glasses starting in their early 40’s.
During cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed with the utmost precision, and a clear replacement lens is implanted into the eye. Although the traditional lens implant improves vision after cataract surgery, it is monofocal, meaning it is limited to clear vision at one fixed range of distance, typically far distance. This type of lens implant does not address presbyopia. In this scenario, a pair of glasses would be needed to provide clear vision at intermediate (i.e. using the computer) and near (i.e. reading a book) distances. In the last few years, there have been exciting technological advancements that may reduce patients’ reliance on their eyeglasses.
If you have an active lifestyle or if you want versatile vision by reducing your dependence on glasses, then we can tailor your surgical plan to your visual demands with cutting edge lens technology. At the Eye Treatment Center we provide advanced cataract surgery for patients in the Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles areas.
It is important to note that the following lifestyle lens options are typically not covered by either Medicare or private insurances. As such, these options will incur an out-of-pocket charge.