With advancements in technology, there are several ways to renew your vision and regain control of your life. During cataract surgery, your natural lens is replaced by an artificial intraocular lens or IOL.
Having cataract surgery removes your cataracts and reduces your dependency on glasses and contacts. Here at Eye Specialty Group, our practice offers cataract surgery patients solutions to see better and regain control of their lives!
What Is an Intraocular Lens?
With age, proteins in the lens can become cloudy, making it harder to see. This is known as a cataract, and the cloudy lens is surgically removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is an artificial lens implanted in the eye during cataract surgery.
There are many kinds of IOLs available. What IOL is suitable for you depends on several factors, including your lifestyle and your surgeon’s recommendation.
What Are My IOL Options?
Eye Specialty Group offers multiple IOL options:
Traditionally cataract surgery has been performed with a monofocal lens. With this lens, most patients experience improved distance vision while still needing to wear glasses at all distances. If a monofocal IOL is also chosen with Catalys Laser Cataract Surgery, you can expect that the combination of the Catalys Laser Cataract Surgery with your monofocal IOL will give you clearer distance vision than the use of a monofocal IOL with traditional cataract surgery.
TECNIS Eyhance IOL
The TECNIS Eyhance monofocal intraocular lens provides a continuous change in power from its outer area to its center. This creates a unique surface that improves intermediate distance vision extends the depth of focus while maintaining distance image quality.
Tests have also shown that the Eyhance lens has superior nighttime contrast.
With these improvements over traditional monofocal IOLs, the Eyhance IOL completely redefines the concept of what a monofocal lens is and can be.
Multifocal & Accommodating Lifestyle IOL
For patients that want to say goodbye to their cataracts while also reducing their dependence on glasses, reading glasses, bifocals, or trifocals, Eye Specialty Group is proud to offer an exciting and advanced solution – Lifestyle IOLs.
These IOLs provide you with sight at multiple focal points while still removing your cataracts. They also give you a wider range of vision, meaning you can see at distances that are near, far, and in between. Want to depend less on your glasses? A lifestyle IOL is certainly worth considering!
TECNIS Symfony IOL
The TECNIS Symfony intraocular lens is designed to help the effects of presbyopia, providing patients with excellent visual acuity at all distances. Instead of splitting light into specific focal points, it elongates focus, resulting in a more considerable depth of field. This is called an extended depth of focus (EDOF) IOL.
The result? You end up with a full range of continuous vision while maintaining high image contrast at the same time. The Symfony lens is an excellent choice for any patient who’s struggling with both presbyopia and cataracts.
The Vivity lens uses proprietary non-diffractive technology known as X-Wave. X-Wave technology provides patients with high-quality distance vision, excellent intermediate vision, and functional up-close vision.
The Vivity IOL is the first and only non-diffractive EDOF IOL. Thanks to the X-Wave technology, the Vivity lens can stretch and shift light without splitting it.
For patients, this means an extended focal range that uses all available light. It also protects against damage from UV rays and even filters blue light emitted from digital devices.
If you have astigmatism, the Vivity IOL also comes in a toric model to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery.
PanOptix Trifocal IOL
Alcon’s PanOptix trifocal lens is the only trifocal IOL that’s FDA approved. With this revolutionary new IOL, you’ll experience superb intermediate and distance vision without sacrificing any of your up-close sight.
Trifocal lenses split light three ways, as opposed to other intraocular lenses that split it in two. The PanOptix trifocal IOL has blue and ultraviolet light filtering material, protecting your eyes when you need it most.
You’ll have clearer and sharper vision with the PanOptix trifocal lens, meaning you’re less likely to need your glasses. You’ll also no longer need to strain to see since there are no blurry zones, meaning you’ll see clearly and with zero effort, wherever you are! You’ll be able to see in all lighting conditions, even dim lighting.
Unfortunately, no IOL can guarantee perfect vision at all distances or in all environments for all patients. The only way to know for sure which IOL is right for you is to schedule a cataract evaluation with one of our refractive surgeons.