Here at Great Lakes Eye Care, we strive to be the best ophthalmic care facility in the Midwest.
There is a great range of services and procedures that we offer to our patients, and making sure we are at the cutting edge in ophthalmology and providing the highest quality of patient care are our greatest priorities!
One of the most common procedures is cataract removal. This requires removing the natural lens using a minimally invasive procedure, and replacing it with a new artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (or IOL) which will remain in the eye permanently. It is important that you make an informed decision regarding your options when it comes to Pre-operative Diagnostic Testing and Implant Choices!
One of our special interests is predicting IOL powers, which determines post-operative vision requirements. The vast majority of practices use a single optical bio meter scan. We routinely use this as a part of standard pre-diagnostic testing.
The purpose of IOL prediction is to reduce the power of your glasses after surgery, hoping to provide the best possible vision without glasses, if possible.
We can increase the accuracy of pre-operative testing by adding additional prediction formulas and testing. Here at Great Lakes Eye Care, we have developed our own formula, known as the Cooke formula. This formula and testing has been shown to be more accurate than anything else currently available. Compared to most standard testing, which hits the target on average about 75% of the time, our formula and testing is able to accurately predict on target IOL’s about 86% of the time.
These predictions are state of the art – other practices may predict just as accurately, but no one does it better.
Included in Advanced Testing with the Cooke Formula is instrumentation that precisely defines all dimensions of the eye.This is critically important data when determining the best IOL for a patient.
If a patient wants to see well without glasses for various things (like putting on makeup, reading, playing golf) they are strongly encouraged to get Advanced Testing with the Cooke formula. There is a chance that even with the additional testing and formula that a patient will still need to wear glasses after surgery, but this testing will ultimately provide a patient with the highest chance for success and their best shot at independence from glasses.
Insurance typically does not cover the cost for Advanced Testing, as they consider determining what glasses you wear after cataract surgery to be a cosmetic component of your care. Insurance typically contributes to standard testing, but nothing more.
Not all patients are good candidates for Advanced Testing. If interested, talk to your physician, and we will set up an appointment for you to undergo the testing.
Great Lakes Eye Care is excited to offer premium lens implant options to patients who wish to reduce their dependancy on glasses!
Currently, we offer the following options as Cataract surgery lens implants —
This option is covered by insurance. Patient's cost depends on their insurance plan.
Glasses are typically needed after surgery for best distance and near vision tasks.
Toric Single Focus Implant
For those who have astigmatism and desire less dependence on glasses! This corrests for one distance (either far or near). Glasses may still be needed for some vision tasks. Advanced Testing is required as a seperate cost.
Range Of Focus Implant
For those who desire the least dependency on glasses! This option generally gives excellent distance and intermediate vision and enable patients to do most near tasks without glasses. Surgical correction of astigmatism is included with this implant. Expect to need reading glasses for very fine print and tasks closer than 18-22 inches.
*Please keep in mind that your insurance will not contribute towards a specialty implant such as the Toric or Range of Focus lens*
Please call to make an appointment with one of our cataract physicians and find out if you are a good candidate for cataract surgery and a premium IOL!