Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are medical devices that are implanted inside the eye to replace the eye’s natural lens when it is removed during cataract surgery.
The world over, an aspheric monofocal lens (meaning it focuses only for distance and you will require reading glasses afterwards) is routinely inserted with excellent results. If you are insured, this is the kind of lens the insurance company will pay for as well. This is also the only kind of lens available on the NHS.
I also offer treatment with special “premium” intraocular lenses (Toric, Trifocal and Extended-depth-of-field). Such lenses are ideal if you would like the best chance possible of independence from glasses for distance, intermediate and most near work (glasses may still be needed for very fine near work). These are available to both self-pay and insured patients (the insurance will cover the surgery costs, but you will be requested to pay an additional charge for the premium lens). Whilst most people can enjoy their daily activities without spectacle correction, some do experience glare (especially whilst driving at night) alongside a reduction in contrast sensitivity, which in very troubling cases may require further surgery to correct.
The best intraocular lens for you depends on many factors, including your lifestyle and your specific visual needs. I will discuss these in detail with you and help you select the option best suited to your requirements. It is also important to remember that with any lens option, there is a small chance that glasses may still be needed for both distance and near work, however the quality of vision will be greatly improved.
Why opt for private cataract surgery?
- Guaranteed continuity of care. I will personally look after your eyes on each visit.
- A choice of high-quality artificial lenses including “Premium” intra-ocular lenses such as toric (for astigmatism), extended depth of focus (a new generation of multi-focal lens implants) and trifocal implants. These are currently not available on the NHS.
- Avoid long waiting lists.
- Greater possibility of reduced dependence on glasses with premium intraocular lenses.
What if you don’t have private health insurance?
Private cataract surgery can be done even if you don’t have health insurance (or if your insurance doesn’t cover the procedure), on a self-paying basis.
If you do have health care insurance:
Depending on the company and type of insurance, your insurer might either pay all or share half the fees with you. My secretaries can inform you of the prices, and work with you and the insurance company to clarify all involved costs.
In case your insurance covers only the cost of basic cataract surgery, premium lens implants can still be used but this will likely involve an extra fee to you.
Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital (Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG)
Angela Vowden (01752 761814)
The Medical Eye Clinic (Glen House, Sigford Road, Marsh Barton Trading Estate, Exeter, EX2 8NL)
Tara Martin (01392 829436)