What Is A Premium IOL? | Complete Eye Care West

What Is A Premium IOL?

When you have cataracts, it can be challenging to perform daily tasks like reading, driving, or cleaning. Cataracts also get progressively worse, so while the negative impacts may be minimal at first, this condition can lead to a significant reduction in your quality of life.

However, cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore your vision and even provide you with greater visual freedom. If you have cataracts, a premium IOL is an excellent solution that can reduce your dependence on visual aids.

Keep reading to learn more about cataract surgery, including what a premium IOL is!

What Happens During Cataract Surgery?

When you have cataract surgery, the first thing your eye surgeon will do is numb your eye with eye drops. This ensures you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. 

Next, they’ll make a small opening in your cornea and insert a tiny probe. This probe uses ultrasound to break up the cloudy lens into small bits, which are then gently suctioned out. 

Once the cataract is gone, your cataract surgeon will put in the new intraocular lens (IOL) you’ve chosen. This lens goes in through the same small opening and is placed securely behind your iris and pupil. 

The cut is so small that it usually seals itself, so you won’t need stitches. The whole procedure usually takes less than thirty minutes, and most people can go home the same day. 

Most people notice an improvement in their vision within a few days. Your eye doctor will give you specific instructions on how to take care of your eye after the procedure to make sure you heal properly.

What Is An IOL?

An IOL, or intraocular lens, is an important advancement in ophthalmology that can restore vision affected by cataracts. Cataracts develop when the proteins inside your eye’s natural lens clump together, creating a clouding.

A healthy eye lens should be clear, but cataracts cause blurry vision, halos around lights, and more negative symptoms. An intraocular lens is a replacement artificial lens that stays permanently in your eye. 

During cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes your natural lens and replaces it with an IOL.

What’s The Difference Between A Standard And Premium IOL?

When you have cataract surgery, you’ll have many options. First, you will need to choose between a standard IOL and a premium IOL. 

Standard IOLs correct vision at one distance. These lenses are monofocal. 

For example, the standard IOL may improve your long-distance vision but not address your up-close vision. On the other hand, premium IOLS can improve both close and far-distance vision.

There are various kinds of premium IOLs. Because each IOL has its benefits and purposes, it is best to talk to your eye doctor about your options.

Our team will work closely with you to determine which lens is best for you and your lifestyle.

How Do I Know If A Premium IOL Is Right For Me?

There are many different brands and kinds of IOLs, and they all have pros and cons. The best way to know which intraocular lens is right for you is to see your eye doctor at Complete Eyecare West.

Depending on the extent of your cataracts and vision needs, we will recommend an IOL specifically for you. Generally, premium IOLs improve overall vision and decrease the need for contacts or glasses. 

While a standard IOL will remove your cataracts, you might still need glasses for close-up vision. Premium IOLs, on the other hand, offer additional benefits beyond cataract removal. 

These advanced lenses can correct various vision problems, such as presbyopia (age-related near vision loss), astigmatism, and other refractive errors. This means that with a premium IOL, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses for most daily activities.

What Types Of Premium IOLs Are There?

At Complete Eyecare West, we provide three main categories of premium IOLs: bifocal, extended focus, and toric. Here’s what you need to know about each:


A bifocal, or multifocal, IOL improves your eye’s focus at multiple distances. With this IOL, part of the lens corrects distance focus, while another part is set up for close-up focus. 

Extended Focus

An extended focus IOL offers continuous focus over many distances. This lens is a good option for patients who want natural focus without glasses. 


A toric IOL is best for patients with astigmatism. Toric lenses can be a component of standard, bifocal, and extended focus lenses. 

See If A Premium IOL Could Improve Your Vision! 

Cataracts can decrease your quality of life, especially as they get worse with time. If you’re struggling with blurry vision, it’s always in your best interest to book an eye exam.

At Complete Eyecare West, our board-certified ophthalmologists will examine your eyes for cataracts or other vision concerns. Then, they will talk to you about a treatment plan, which can include cataract surgery.

Do you want to learn more about premium IOLs? Schedule an appointment at Complete Eyecare West in Columbus, OH, today!

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