Cataract Surgery Procedures

Treatment for Cataracts in Sartell

When your vision is affected by cataracts, your quality of life is diminished. Trust our eye experts to restore your vision.

During cataract surgery, your doctor will replace your cloudy natural lens (cataract) with a man-made lens. You can choose from a wide variety of replacement lenses, and the results can be extraordinary. We offer an array of lens choices for both distance vision and near functioning. Before surgery, you will want to review the choices below and talk to your doctor about the lens that will best fit your life.

Types of Cataract Procedures

Learn more about the procedure options, advantages and costs.

Standard Monofocal Lens

Advantages

  • Is covered by health plans
  • Treats most nearsightedness and farsightedness
  • Helps distance vision

Disadvantages

  • May still need glasses (especially those with astigmatism) for best distance vision
  • Will need glasses for reading or near activities (readers or bifocal). See monovision choice below.

Cost per eye

  • No additional fee

Toric Lens

Advantages

  • Corrects astigmatism as well as nearsighted and farsighted vision
  • Gives better distance vision than a standard lens for patients with astigmatism

Disadvantages

  • May need to adjust for rotation after surgery
  • May need small corrections
  • Will need glasses for reading or near activities (readers or bifocal). See monovision choice below.

Cost per eye

  • $1,200

Multifocal Lenses

These include ReSTOR, Tecnis Multifocal, Crystalens and Trulign.

If interested, talk to your doctor about the differences between brands of multifocal lenses.

Advantages

  • Offers good distance and reading vision
  • Can lessen or even remove dependence on glasses

Disadvantages

  • May provide slightly less crispness of vision than other lenses
  • May notice glare and haloes at night
  • May need laser vision correction, such as LASIK, at a later time

Cost per eye

  • $2,595

Monovision Procedures

Monovision is where one lens implant corrects for distance vision and the other for near vision. With both eyes open, a blend of near and far vision is reached without glasses. However, it is not possible to have clear distance, near and intermediate vision at the same time, so please review the choices below. Monovison may be used for standard lenses and toric lenses.

Blended Monovision

This is also known as “mini-monovision."

Advantages

  • Allows for good intermediate vision for hobbies, shopping, computer, etc.
  • Is well-tolerated by most patients

Disadvantages

  • Will need glasses for fine print
  • May feel the overall clearness of vision is not as sharp as both eyes for distance
  • May opt to correct the reading eye for distance, with glasses for some activities such as driving

Cost per eye

  • No additional fee

Full Monovision

Advantages

  • Allows for good near vision, such as reading fine print

Disadvantages

  • May need glasses for intermediate eyesight, such as for the computer
  • May be less tolerated than mini-monovision

Cost per eye

  • No additional fee
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