Understanding How Vision Changes

Many things change as time passes.  Vision is one of them.  The aging process affects clarity and quality of vision, which may affect your ability to drive at night.  Two primary causes of vision loss with age are cataracts and presbyopia.


Cataracts affect most people over the age of 65 and some younger people as well.  This condition occurs as the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy.  This clouding scatters the light passing through the eye, resulting in hazy and blurred vision.


Presbyopia – the loss of near-reading vision is a condition that affects everyone over the age of 45.  Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens of the eye becomes firmer and less flexible.  This reduces the eye’s ability to switch from seeing objects at a distance (for driving) to seeing objects that are near (for reading.)

Cataract replacement lenses, often called intraocular lenses or IOLs, can affect the quality and range of vision you’ll have after cataract surgery. See the difference between vision with cataracts, a monofocal lens, and the PanOptix® Lens.

Advances in Cataract Surgery

With approximately three million procedures performed each year in the U.S., cataract surgery is the most common surgical eye procedure.  It has a proven track record for restoring vision.  The standard surgical treatment for cataracts is to remove the cloudy crystalline lens (cataract) and replace it with an intraocular lens implant to restore vision.  When performed using a conventional lens implant, this treatment still leaves many people dependent on glasses in their daily lives.  Now new lens technologies allow us to do more.  Today, presbyopia can be treated at the same time as cataracts with new technology lens implants.

The Opportunity to Reduce Your Dependence on Glasses in Everyday Life.

Today, you have lens implant options that can provide the vision to do everyday tasks without depending on glasses.
For those people that don’t mind wearing glasses or those who have certain eye health issues, a conventional lens implant (“monofocal” lens) may be the best option.  Implants such as these have been used to treat millions of people and provide good vision after cataract surgery.  Your doctor will explain these options if they are right for you.

Vivity is a first-of-its-kind, non-diffractive extended depth of focus IOL with Alcon’s proprietary non-diffractive X-WAVE™ technology, which stretches and shifts light without splitting it. Vivity delivers monofocal-quality distance (far) with excellent intermediate (at arm’s length) and functional near vision (up close).

Are You a Candidate for Presbyopic Lens Implant?

Your doctor will help you understand if a Presbyopic lens implant is an option that is right for your lifestyle and eye health.  You may be a candidate if you:

  • Require treatment for cataracts
  • Want to be independent of glasses in most situations, including reading, using a computer, cooking and driving.

Our Goal is to Provide the Right Cataract Treatment for your Individual Lifestyle and Eye Health.

Insurance Coverage for Cataract With Lens Implantation

Most insurance companies cover the cost of cataract surgery with conventional lens implantation.

Presbyopic Lens Implanation

The cost of upgrading to a Presbyopic lens implant is not covered by Medicare or private insurance, but recent changes in the Medicare law allows you to pay out-of-pocket for the additional costs associated with these lenses.

Payment Options for a Presbyopic Lens Implant

Our staff will explain your financial responsibilities in detail.

Payment in Full

Payment in full is accepted via cash, check or credit card before treatment.  For your convenience, we accept major forms of credit card.


Care Credit

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card specifically designed to pay for procedures not covered by insurance.

  • Enjoy convenient, low minimum monthly payments
  • Quick and easy application

To apply for CareCredit, simply choose from the options below.

  • Online Application go to www.carecredit.com.
  • In person ask for an application while in our office
  • Automated phone application, call 800-365-8295
At The Rhode Island Eye Institute, we have experienced doctors who specialize in cataract surgery. Call our office in Providence at 401-272-2020, our East Providence office at 401-437-0500, our South Kingstown office at 401-272-2020, or our Fall River office at 508-679-0150 to schedule an appointment with Sarah Anis, M.D., Christopher J. Newton, M.D., Durga S Larkin, M.D.Jane C. Cook, M.D., or Nikolas N. Raufi, M.D..