Gimbel Eye Centre
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Lifestyle Lens Options

If you are looking at a vision correction procedure that involves a lens implant, then you may find yourself with an array of choices to make involving what kind of lens you want. In the early days of implantable lenses, the choices were mostly on the surgeons’ side, meaning that the differences between lenses were more about how the lens would be inserted, or how it might be fixed inside the eye.

These days the choices of lens implants for patients to choose from are vast and growing, and may also represent the choice to reduce the need for reading glasses after surgery. In a way, these choices represent a kind of fine tuning of the surgical results.

At Gimbel Eye Centre, our lifestyle lens options can accommodate the vision needs and preferences for a wide variety of patients. With toric, multifocal, multifocal toric, or pseudo accommodative lenses, vision can be improved in addition to cataract removal or prevention. Whether you are selecting an intraocular lens implant for cataract extraction with lens implantation, or for refractive lens exchange, your overall quality of vision can be significantly enhanced. To learn more about your options, please contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of eye doctors.

A Note About Costs

If you are making a choice about a lifestyle lens and your provincial health plan is paying for your surgery (most likely cataract), the lifestyle lenses are not considered “medically necessary” and are not covered by provincial insurance, therefore they will represent an additional cost to the patient. Keep in mind that the “standard” lens will be covered if your health insurance is covering the costs of your surgery.

Some patients may be choosing a lifestyle lens as part of an elective vision correction procedure that is not covered under provincial health plans, in which case the cost of the lens is added to the expense of the procedure.

Because of the variety of lenses to choose from, and the special needs that each may address, they have a wide variety of costs. We will do everything we can to provide you with the information you need to make the best choice for yourself.

We Always Advocate for Patient Choice

Our job is to inform you as to your choices – the types of lenses that are available (taking into account your lifestyle and visual requirements), what their costs might be, what the advantages may be for your particular lifestyle or occupation, what some of the potential side effects may be, etc. We will work closely with you so that you feel comfortable making your decision, knowing whatever you choose, we want you to be happy with the results. Every individual has different needs, desires, financial priorities, and in the end, your decision is what you will live with. We aim to support you in making your best choice.

Apparently not many patients get one eye done at a time. At no time was I pressured or felt like my concerns were abnormal.~ Carl M.

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