“That is barely enough to keep a beneficiary above the 2014 poverty level (,670 annually).” Although disability benefits can increase based on inflation, many people with disabilities rely on low cost of living and wages for financial relief.
In 2016, nearly 5.4 million people with disabilities were employed.
This is why they are classified as "accommodating IOLs." Accommodation is made possible by the lens inside the eye and the circular muscle that surrounds the lens, called the ciliary muscle.
Also, the added cost of these presbyopia-correcting IOLs typically is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.
You can expect an additional out-of-pocket cost of $1,500 to $3,000 or more per eye if you choose an accommodating IOL, especially if you also decide to upgrade to a laser cataract surgery procedure that many surgeons recommend to achieve the best possible vision with a presbyopia-correcting IOL.
In an accommodating IOL, the haptics are designed to keep the IOL securely in place and prevent any rotational movement, but the legs are flexible in a way that allows the optical portion of the IOL to move slightly forward upon contraction of the ciliary muscle.
In this fashion, an accommodating IOL can expand the range of clear vision after cataract surgery, providing better near vision without eyeglasses than what is possible with a conventional monofocal IOL procedure.
The Crystalens IOL and the Trulign Toric IOL are very similar in design and both correct presbyopia.
The primary difference between these two FDA-approved accommodating IOLs is that the Trulign Toric IOL can correct astigmatism as well as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
When the ciliary muscle is relaxed, the lens flattens to enable clear distance vision.
When the ciliary muscle contracts, the lens thickens, becoming more curved for added magnification for clear near vision.
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