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Monofocal IOL

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What are Monofocal lenses?

Monofocal Intraocular lenses, also known as Monofocal IOLs, are a type of cataract lenses that are implanted in the eyes during cataract surgery. Eyhance IOL, which we consider to be the best Monofocal IOL, is one of the newest types of Monofocal lenses. You can read more about it later in this article. Another excellent lens is Technis, and we will discuss the Technis monofocal lens price in India later. However, there are many cataract lens brands available in the market.

A Monofocal intraocular lens, once implanted in the eye, provides clear distance vision. For near vision activities such as reading a book or looking at a phone, one must wear reading glasses. In the more commonly used monofocal lenses, intermediate and near vision are not well-addressed without glasses. These are the standard aspheric monofocal IOLs.

Later in this article, you will read about a monofocal lens that offers an extended range of vision and significantly improved intermediate vision. After undergoing the cataract surgery procedure, the need for wearing glasses is reduced.

Apart from a monofocal IOL, one could choose from a range of vision IOLs.  These are Toric Lens, Multifocal lens, Extended depth of focus lens, and a Trifocal Lens, and one can read about these lenses and their benefits. It's important to consult your eye doctor before deciding on a lens and the necessary eye care.

This page talks about Monofocal lenses and the best monofocal IOL. There is another article on the best cataract lens, too.

Functioning of the Eye's Natural Lens

Stepping back, let's delve into the natural lens of the eye. The eye's natural lens is akin to the lens of an autofocus camera, capable of changing its shape. In youth, this natural lens enables individuals to see clearly at various distances—far, near, and everything in between. As the gaze shifts between distances, the lens adjusts its power seamlessly and swiftly by altering its shape.

However, as this natural lens ages, its ability to change shape gradually diminishes. This is why many individuals begin to require reading glasses around the age of 42. With further aging, the lens takes on a brownish or whitish tint, which can lead to the development of cataracts.

For more information about cataract surgery, you can explore additional details on the topic here:  Cataract Surgery.

Best Monofocal Lens Brands

There are many monofocal lens brands available from which patients can choose. Ophthalmology is an advanced specialty in India. Thus, all international brands are available in India. Abbott Medical Optics (now owned by Johnson and Johnson), Alcon, Zeiss, Rayner, and Hoya are a few International brands. Aurolab, Appasamy, and Iocare are the most popular Indian Brands. Although all the lenses are excellent, there is always a minor difference between each. 

Typically, eye surgeons are at ease with one or two brands due to their familiarity with post-operative results and patient satisfaction.

From a volume perspective, the two most common international lens brands are Abbott Medical Optics (now owned by Johnson & Johnson) and Alcon. Among the well-known Indian brands are those mentioned earlier. At Eye Solutions, we have experience with all the mentioned lens brands. However, our highest comfort level lies with Abbott IOL brands and Johnson & Johnson IOL brands.

Johnson and Johnson has three monofocal lenses - 

  1. Sensar Lens
  2. Technis Lens
  3. Eyhance lens

Until the Eyhance lens entered the market, the Technis was the most popular lens. It's important to note that the Technis lens is still an excellent choice, and many of our patients continue to opt for it. More information about the Technis monofocal lens price in India will be provided later in this article, along with details about the Johnson & Johnson cataract lens price in India.

One of the most popular lenses from Alcon is the Acrysof IQ. It's an outstanding lens. However, at Eye Solutions, we prefer to use Abbott lenses for specific technical reasons. Elaborating on these reasons is beyond the scope of this article. For the purpose of discussion, one could consider the Abbott Technis and Alcon IQ to be in a very similar price range. Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more.

Monofocal Lens Price

Monofocal Lens Brand Starting Price
Johnson and Johnson Sensar Monofocal lens INR 43,000
Johnson and Johnson Technis Monofocal lens INR 62,000 - INR 78,000
Johnson and Johnson Eyehance Monofocal lens INR 75,000 - INR 85,000
Indian Monofocal Lens INR 22,000
Indian Premium Monofocal Lens INR 30,000

Choosing the Best Monofocal IOL

The monofocal IOL, as the name suggests, is a lens that focuses on one distance only. The doctor will choose the best monofocal lens based on the required focus distance. More often, we prefer a monofocal lens that focuses far. This choice means that you will be able to see things far without glasses. Because this is an artificial lens, it cannot focus when you want to look at anything near. Thus one would not see things like the menu at a restaurant or their mobile phone without reading glasses.

As mentioned, there are many cataract lens brands of monofocal lenses available. The difference between the various monofocals could be the shape of the lens or the material of the lens. In general, hydrophobic lens materials are better than hydrophilic lens materials. They tend to cause less inflammation after surgery and "After cataract." After Cataract is also known as "Posterior Capsular Opacification."

One can safely say that all the monofocal lens types are excellent and last a lifetime once implanted. Yet, our current best monofocal lens is the Eyhance lens. Another favourite lens is the technis monofocal lens. Why is Eyhance IOL the favourite? Read at the end of this article.

Why are Monofocal IOLs chosen more than Multifocal IOLs?

More people choose monofocal lenses than any other type of lens. There are a few reasons for this.
The first is that they feel they would not adjust to multifocal lenses. Someone may have told them that multifocal IOLs are not good. They think they would not like the Multifocal lenses because they would be like their progressive glasses.   This thought is not valid. The technology used in progressive lenses and Multifocal IOLs is entirely different.

  • The other reason is that Monofocal lens surgeries are much cheaper than multifocal lens surgeries. For example, India's technis monofocal lens price would be between Rs 35000 and Rs 60000 per eye. Of course, we mean the total cost of cataract surgery. Some doctors may do it for lesser, and others may charge much more. But most hospitals would charge this amount for a Technis Monofocal lens surgery.
  • Eyhance IOL cataract surgery would range from 45,000 – 75,000 in India.   
  • Compared to this, multifocal lens surgeries can vary from Rs 65,000 to Rs 150,000, depending on the multifocal lens brand.

Sometimes your ophthalmologist may advise against using a Multifocal lens for specific medical reasons.

The newest and best Monofocal IOL - Eyhance IOL

Now, Here is the good news. Johnson and Johnson recently introduced a new FDA-approved Monofocal IOL in the market. This lens gives the patient about 70% glass-free near vision. Some of our patients have up to 90% glass-free near vision with the Eyhance IOL. So this lens surgery would be cheaper than multifocal lens surgery. It would give you decent near vision and avoid the disadvantages of a Multifocal lens. Read more about Multifocal lenses.

The name of the lens is 'Eyhance IOL.' We believe that this is the best monofocal IOL at this point, around March 2020. This lens is available within the Technis platform and is thus also known as the Technis Eyhance IOL model.

Read more about the Eyhance lens from Johnson and Johnson and the cataract lens price.

Frequently Asked Questions about Monofocal Lens

What is the cost of Monofocal Lens Cataract Surgery?
Monofocal IOL cataract surgery charges can range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 68,000 per eye. The range varies due to the availability of different cataract lens brands. The Eyhance IOL package usually carries the highest cost, but it's considered the best monofocal IOL or monofocal lens available.
Typically, ophthalmologists create comprehensive packages to offer patients. These packages encompass all the charges the patient needs to pay.
At Eye Solutions, we go a step further by providing protective glasses for post-surgery wear, a protective cup, and the required eye drops for the post-surgery period. The price of the Technis monofocal lens at Eye Solutions falls between Rs 48,000 and Rs 56,000. For more information, you can find additional details about the cost of cataract surgery in Mumbai.
How much time does this cataract surgery take?
Usually, cataract surgery takes up to 15 minutes. These days, cataract surgeries are performed without any injections or sutures.

Sometimes, if there is a complication, the surgery may take 5-10 minutes longer, but nowadays, the complication rate in cataract surgery has drastically come down.
What are the benefits of monofocal lenses?
Monofocal lenses offer patients the benefit of clear, glasses-free vision for all their distance-related tasks.

Eyehance lenses also provide around 60-70% improved near vision. Another advantage of monofocal lenses is that patients do not experience glare and haloes.
How far can I see with a monofocal lens?
Ideally, a vision check is done at 6 meters, as that is the optical infinity of the human eye, which means, if one can read the fine print at 6 meters, then the vision is 100% in that individual's eye.
Is monofocal the same as single vision?
Yes, monofocal lenses are similar to single-vision lenses in that they correct your vision for one distance only.
Can monofocal lenses be replaced?
Medically, the procedure to replace the monofocal lens is possible, however, it is prudent to consider the patient's demands and set expectations correctly to make an informed decision to implant the type of lens before the surgery is planned.
Do monofocal lenses improve vision?
Yes, monofocal lenses give you clear vision postoperatively, provided the patient’s eye does not have any other pathology.
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