There are different types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) available for cataract surgery:

Monofocal IOL (single focus): Monofocal IOLs are used to restore vision for one area of focus–usually distance. Reading glasses may still be needed.

Multifocal IOL: Multifocal IOLs provide high-quality vision at multiple distances, with enhanced vision at a distinct distance customized to suit the patient's lifestyle. They may increase freedom from glasses.

  • Extended depth of focus IOLs provide high-quality, continuous vision — from near to far and points in between — and may reduce the overall wearing of glasses.

Here are some of the different lenses we can discuss with you:

  • Toric - Astigmatic Lens
  • Tecnis Symphony Lens
  • Symphony Toric Lens
  • Femto
  • Restor

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The surgery takes between 10 to 15 minutes and your vision is usually corrected immediately upon completion.

The patient is encouraged to rest during the first 24 hours after surgery. Patients can usually resume their normal activity the next day. There are minor restrictions (i.e. avoid swimming for 2 weeks, as well as smoky and dusty environments for a couple of days).

The price will depend on the patient’s insurance. Most Insurances may cover your Cataract Surgery procedure. Our treatment coordinator Ana Robles will review your specific lens choices, and consult with Dr. Elkins to determine which lens option is the best for your particular eyes. From there you will be guided on the procedure and its cost.

Dr.Elkins has been in practice for more than 20 years , and has completed more than 10,000 cataract surgeries in his Encino and West Hills offices.

Most patients share that Cataract surgery is comfortable and that they typically do not feel any major discomfort or pain during the procedure. Dr. Elkins ensures that you are fully prepared with your procedure to ensure that you can easily manage any minor discomfort during the first 24 hours which is not uncommon.

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