I am confused about the enhanced implant and procedure options available for cataract surgery
Basic Cataract Surgery (lowest cost to patient or payor) This procedure is usually hospital-based. It is safe and effective and provides the medically necessary cataract surgery procedure with standard lens implant.
Enhanced Cataract Surgery This typically hospital-based surgery is the same procedure as basic (above) however the lens implanted & the calculations around lens selection are improved. The enhanced procedure often leads to a better refractive result post-surgery with less night glare. (no astigmatism correction)
Enhanced Cataract/Refractive Surgery This procedure is done at a private facility that also offers LASIK. There is great emphasis on achieving the best distance refractive result (i.e. no glasses for far vision). Superior pre-surgery lens measurements and calculations are coupled with additional in-surgery procedures and post-surgery laser (LASIK if required and suitable) to deliver visual acuity excellence. Low pre-existing astigmatism is corrected by this surgery.
Enhanced Cataract/Refractive Surgery for Astigmatism Hospital or private facility based procedure for higher degrees of pre-existing astigmatism. There is great emphasis on achieving the best distance refractive result (i.e. no glasses for far vision). Superior pre-surgery lens measurements and calculations predict the best special (toric) implant lens.
Enhanced+ Cataract/Refractive Surgery with a multifocal lens Same as Enhanced Surgery above but the multifocal implant corrects both distance AND near vision and eliminates the need for reading glasses for most normal daily functions.
Enhanced Cataract/Refractive Surgery Procedure utilizing laser (for any above enhanced surgeries) Instead of a blade and ultrasound... laser technology is used for both making incisions and to remove your clouded natural lens. Utilizing laser technology is thought to causes less trauma/inflammation to the delicate tissues of the eye and may be safer for some patients, shortens healing times and delivers a more precise end result. Discuss details and current results with your surgeon. Not generally available in hospital environments.