Because the removal of a cataract is, by definition the removal of your natural lens, all cataract surgery patients receive artificial lens implants at the time of surgery. Without a lens implant, the vast majority of patients would need extremely thick lenses following cataract surgery. Luckily, the traditional intraocular lens implant offers clear vision in place of your cloudy cataractous lens and is covered by all insurance plans.
These implants have been made of many materials since ophthalmologists began implanting them in the 1980’s. Today, the most commonly utilized materials for these lenses are acrylic, collagen polymer, and silicone. These materials are biologically inert and last a lifetime.