Many Advanced Technology Options are available to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses by remedying your astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia – all reasons patients need glasses.
With Blended Vision, the surgeon corrects one eye for distance vision and aims for intermediate focus (computer screen, sheet music, shopping or kitchen counter, etc) for the second eye. Many contact lens wearers and former LASIK surgery patients are familiar with this concept. It trades away some distance and depth perception to provide the near help. In most circumstances, the brain merges the two images without the patients’ awareness, so for those without astigmatism, many daily activities can be done without glasses. Patients occasionally wear prescription glasses to improve their sharpest vision at any distance, but especially for reading fine print. Additional testing, which is not covered by insurance or Medicare, is required to best calculate whether you are a reasonable candidate for Blended Vision.
If you have significant cataracts and astigmatism and desire to see clearly at ANY distance without glasses, you require Advanced Technology Refractive Vision Correction. Astigmatism means the shape of the clear cornea is curved in such a way that unless corrected, the vision remains distorted or blurred. Our surgeons select the optimal astigmatism correction technique most appropriate for your needs (laser astigmatism correction, Toric IOL or some combination of the two). Patients with Advanced Technology Astigmatism Correction typically enjoy excellent vision at one distance, but may still need glasses for other distances. Although, a Blended Vision strategy may be chosen once they decide upon Advanced Technology Astigmatism Correction.
As we age, we lose our ability to change focus from distance to near, an automatic process called accommodation. This universal aging process is called presbyopia. Multifocal Advanced Technology Vision Correction lenses can correct both distance driving AND near vision for reading in each eye which results in the greatest spectacle independence with best depth perception for appropriate candidates. The refractive cataract laser may be employed with these presbyopia Advanced Technology lenses to address corneal astigmatism and to enhance IOL placement within the capsular bag.
Advanced Technology Options Include:
Further examination, additional measurements, and special testing all precede the final discussion and planning by our doctors if you select Blended Vision or Advanced Technology Options. The additional diagnostic and surgical services, as well as, the Advanced Technology IOLs are expenses beyond traditional cataract surgical fees. Though not covered by insurance, ESA offers payment plans to make these options affordable. Whether you select traditional, Blended Vision or Advanced Technology Refractive Vision Correction your ESA team will deliver our best efforts to help you achieve your vision goals.
Advanced Technology Payment Options
Medicare and/or insurance typically cover the basic service of cataract surgery. The cost of upgrading to Advanced Technology Treatment with Refractive Vision Correction is not covered by Medicare or private insurance and you will need to pay for the additional services. Eye Surgeons Associates offers monthly payment options for both long and short-term financing through CareCredit.
If you are employed and have participated in an employer-sponsored “cafeteria” or “flex” medical benefit plan, the IRS has determined that vision correction is a qualified deductible medical expense. Advanced Technology Lenses and associated services qualify for payment.
Please check with your insurance company or your employer’s human resources department prior to making your appointment.
CareCredit* is the credit card exclusively designed for healthcare services. CareCredit offers special financing on purchase of $1,000 or more* for healthcare procedures not commonly covered by insurance, including Advanced Technology-IOLs, LASIK, and hearing aids.
*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Visit www.carecredit.com for details.