Benefits of Standard IOLs

When researching cataract surgery, patients are often confronted with the decision between choosing Standard and Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs). Each can offer patients compelling benefits and the Cataract Doctors at SoCal Eye in Long Beach try to break down the differences. This article will outline the Benefits of Standard IOLs. 

Benefits of Standard IOLs


Standard IOLs are typically more affordable compared to premium IOLs. They are covered by insurance plans including Medicare and are generally the default option for cataract surgery. If cost is a significant factor for a patient, a standard IOL may be a more practical choice.


Standard IOLs are straightforward and easier to implant during surgery. They offer predictable outcomes and have a decades long history of successful use. Surgeons are well-experienced in implanting standard IOLs, which reduces the likelihood of complications during and after the procedure.

Minimal Side Effects:

Premium IOLs, such as multifocal or accommodating lenses, are designed to provide a wider range of vision, including near and distant focus. However, these lenses may come with potential side effects such as glare, halos, or reduced contrast sensitivity, especially in low light conditions. Standard IOLs typically do not have these issues and provide good vision for distance, with patients potentially needing glasses for reading or near vision.

Specific Patient Characteristics:

Certain patient factors may make them unsuitable candidates for premium IOLs. For example, individuals with significant astigmatism or other pre-existing ocular conditions may not benefit fully from the additional features of premium IOLs. Standard IOLs can still deliver excellent visual outcomes for these patients.

Surgeon Preference:

Some surgeons may prefer standard IOLs due to personal experience and familiarity. They may have had consistent success with these lenses and believe that the additional benefits of premium IOLs do not outweigh the added complexity and potential risks involved.

Standard IOLs. SoCal Eye, Long Beach

It is essential to note that the choice between standard and premium IOLs depends on individual patient needs, preferences, and expectations. Consulting with an experienced ophthalmologist is crucial to determine the most appropriate option for each specific case.

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