Understanding how IOL’s work

istock 922946166 Patients who have conditions such as cataracts will find that the only treatment that can help in eliminating the cloudiness and improving eyesight is that of the intraocular lens, or IOL. IOLs are new lenses that are used to replace the natural lens in the eye that can be impacted by cataracts. By replacing these lenses, patients can see clearly while also addressing certain eye concerns such as astigmatism or presbyopia. 

How do IOL’s work? 

The intraocular lens is designed to work similarly to the way in which a natural eye lens would. Light enters into the eye, and the intraocular lens refracts, or bends, the light rays to improve vision accuracy. In addition to replacing lenses that are impacted by cataracts, the IOLs can also correct a patient’s vision just as prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses would. This means that patients can not only undergo cataract surgery to restore their vision’s sharpness, but can also allow patients to enjoy freedom from prescription eyewear! 

How much do IOL’s cost? 

The cost of an IOL depends on the type of IOL that is chosen. Not all IOLs are the same. In fact, there are several different types a doctor can choose from depending on the needs of the patient. A standard IOL that does not offer any vision correction may cost upwards of $1,000 while more specialized IOLs, such as toric lenses for patients with astigmatism, may cost more because of their ability to correct focusing of the eye as well as the cataracts. Patients can ask our front office team about the use of their health insurance benefits, Health Savings Account, or Flexible Spending Account to offset any out-of-pocket costs they may experience. 

Schedule a visit with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer today 

Skokie, IL area patients who are seeking the assistance of an eye physician to learn more about correcting their vision are welcome to book an appointment at the practice of Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer and his team at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Ste. #201. The office can be reached at (847) 677-2794 to request a visit and learn more about intraocular lenses form a dedicated professional with exceptional experience in the areas of LASIK and cataract surgery.  

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