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WHICH IS THE BEST CATARACT LENS ?

When we advise patients to undergo surgery the next discussion we have are the  lens options available. And thats when we get asked the this Million dollar question.  Doctor which is the best cataract lens and what the various cataract lens brands available.  Ofcourse cataract lens price list is an equally common and important question that we are asked.  You could also directly jump to the cataract surgery prices in Mumbai.

WHAT ARE CATARACT LENSES ?

These are lenses that are implanted in the eye after the cataract is removed.  They are also known as Intraocular lenses or IOLs.

WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS CATARACT LENS BRANDS AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET ?

There are innumerable cataract lens brands available in the market.  These lenses are manufactured in many countries. Like for any other product some are better known than some others.  It would not be correct to say that some are bad lenses and some are good but yes there are differences. 

It would not be possible to mentioned each and every cataract lens brand available and thats not even the idea.  Here are the names of the some of the popular cataract lens brands and the idea behind this is that if you were to read this before or after your doctor consultation regarding the best lens choice for you, you might find names that your doctor mentioned and it may relieve some anxiety.  The brands mentioned below are the more popular ones, or the ones we have used and does not necessarily mean that we use all or any of these lenses at this current point in time. We would advise you a particular lens after a detailed eye examination and on what we feel is the best available lens for you at any given point in time.

  • Johnson and Johnson ( Eyhance IOL, Technis IOL, Sensar IOL, Technis Toric IOL, Technis Multifocal IOL, Tenchis Toric Multifocal IOL, Symfony IOL)
  • Zeiss ( Trifocal lens, Monofocal and Multifocal lens)
  • Rayner lens
  • Hoya lens
  • Alcon – Acrysof iq, acrysof, Restor, Panoptix
  • Appasamy
  • Aurolab
  • Iocare

Out of these Johnson and johnson and alcon cataract lens brands are probably the most widely used the world over.  Recently the Eyhance lens by johnson and johnson has become very popular. The price of alcon acrysof iq and technis are somewhat similar.  Multifocal lenses are much more expensive and the trifocal are the most expensive.

We have mentioned indian brands as the last three and that does not mean that they are inferior to the others.   

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIAN AND FOREIGN LENSES ?

Both Indian and Foreign lenses are very good.  Indian lens maufacturing has picked up only in the last decade and I am sure in the next decade would be considered at par with any lens in the market.  There are certain differences however.

  1. Cost – this is the biggest difference.  Indian lenses are much cheaper which is why cataract packages in which indian lenses are used are much cheaper.
  2. Some of the lenses are made of different materials – Some materials are better for the eye compared to others
  3. Some of the lenses have different shapes and some doctors are comfortable with some shapes of lenses compared to others.

SO WHICH IS THE BEST CATARACT LENS ?

As mentioned this is a very common question we get asked.  I will start with an analogy. If someone were to ask you which the best car available in the market what would your answer be.  Would your answer be the same as someone elses in the family. I am guessing not. The reason is, that it depends on so many factors and so to with lenses.

Each lens has its own advantages or disadvantages and there is no perfect lens.

Following are the factors which help in deciding which lens would be good for someone:

  1. Cost of the surgery package
  2. Associated retinal or diabetic eye disease
  3. Patients need to be glass free for both distance and near
  4. If patients have astigmatism in their current glasses
  5. Having an abnormally high power in their current glasses.

So unfortunately there is no one correct answer for this question.  One has to choose a lens based on many things. That being said your doctor will be able to help you so dont worry too much about it

CATARACT LENS PRICE LIST IN INDIA

Cataract lenses account for a small price of the cataract packages available in Mumbai, India.  Infact that is true all over the world.  But yes the prices of lenses also differ greatly.  This price difference is reflected in the package costs that you may be asked to pay.   This article will talk in detail about what are the factors that come into play when you go to an eye hospital to get your cataract surgery done.

What you should focus on is the type of lens that you would like to be implanted in the eye and the total package cost that you are expected to pay.  

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