Do you have cataracts that make doing the things you love more challenging? One of the most critical choices you’ll make before having cataract surgery is choosing an intraocular lens or IOL.
Here’s the thing, though: all intraocular lenses are not made equal. Some can change your life for the better!
An intraocular lens, or IOL, replaces the natural lens of the eye during cataract surgery. When you have a cataract removed, an artificial lens is needed to see clearly.
The lens of the eye focuses light onto the retina to create sharp images. Without it, you would continue to have blurry vision, even after you’ve removed your cataracts.
The most basic kind of IOL inserted during the procedure is a monofocal lens. It can only focus at one distance, whether near, intermediate, or far. Patients that choose a monofocal IOL may need to rely on glasses or contacts to see more than one distance.
However, advanced lens implants allow you to see at a range of distances. Choosing one of these premium lenses gives you an increased chance of no longer needing visual aids at all after cataract surgery. Some patients even say they have the best vision of their life after choosing an advanced lens implant!
At Cheema Eye, we are proud to offer a variety of FDA-approved premium intraocular lenses. We’ll help you determine the one that best fits your needs and lifestyle. Keep reading to find out the benefits of each intraocular lens and which may be right for you!
PanOptix Trifocal IOL
Do you want to be able to see clearly up close, far away, and at all intermediate distances? The PanOptix trifocal IOL is an advanced lens option and the only trifocal IOL.
As a trifocal lens, the most significant benefit of this IOL is that you can see at not only one or two distances but all three. Because of its built-in alternating rings, your vision is clear at any distance, near, far, or anywhere in between.
The PanOptix trifocal IOL has the power to treat presbyopia or age-related farsightedness effectively. Like cataracts, this condition can cause blurry vision.
Presbyopia develops when the lens loses flexibility due to the natural aging process. As the lens becomes less pliable, it becomes harder to focus on things up close.
Do you perform up-close tasks, such as reading, sending, or receiving messages on your phone or looking at a computer? Most people spend quite a bit of time on these activities, whether for work, pleasure, or both.
Before the PanOptix trifocal lens, individuals had to rely on wearing glasses or grapple with blurry vision. Now, they can easily see at any distance and transition between them.
In one study, over 80 percent of patients with the PanOptix trifocal IOL reported not wearing glasses in the last week. This lens is an excellent option for those searching for visual freedom, especially for active lifestyles.
You can swim, play tennis, golf, and much, much more without discomfort or worrying about damaging your glasses or contact lenses. Plus, as a bonus, the lens’s material can filter both blue and ultraviolet light.
Filtering UV and blue light can protect you from harmful sun rays and the effects of prolonged screen time, which can both lead to issues with your eyes later on.
Another multifocal lens that provides clear vision at any distance is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR IOL. This IOL also reports a very high level of patient satisfaction. Clinical studies have shown that 95 percent of individuals using this lens would choose it again.
Tecnis Symfony IOL
The Tecnis Symfony IOL is an extended depth of focus lens. Unlike other multifocal lenses, an extended depth of focus IOL has a single focus point rather than multiple points.
Having one focus point helps to increase the range of vision. The result is an improved, continuous field of vision, with a smooth transition from near to intermediate to far. No matter what you’re looking at, you’ll be able to see it clearly and in sharp detail.
Designed for those with presbyopia, this IOL allows patients to see clearly at any distance. Many reduce or even eliminate the need for wearing or using visual aids.
One more benefit of this lens is decreased likelihood of bothersome halos, glare, and starbursts. These can make it particularly difficult to see in the dark. This IOL provides clear vision regardless of the lighting conditions you may be in, even if it’s dim or very bright.
Vivity Advanced Lens
The AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL is a non-diffractive extended depth of focus IOL. It’s the only non-diffractive EDOF IOL of its kind. The Vivity IOL allows the eye to focus on multiple points for a complete range of vision.
This can be preferred over traditional diffractive technology because there are fewer interruptions to your vision, such as halos or blurry intermediate sight. Thanks to the use of proprietary X-WAVE technology, the Vivity IOL allows you to see well far away without compromising the quality of your intermediate and up-close vision.
The advanced lens is also available in a toric model for those with astigmatism.
The Crystalens is an FDA-approved accommodating lens. This type of IOL moves within the eye as the natural lens would.
The lens’s unique ability to alter its focusing distance can allow you to see without issue, whether from an arm’s distance or far away. Crystalens does this by utilizing the natural movements of the eye’s muscles.
This brand can be good for those with a cataract and astigmatism, dramatically improving their vision after surgery. In addition, it provides high image contrast and minimized instances of halos and glares. The Crystalens is another advanced lens option that corrects both presbyopia and cataracts.
Why not choose a premium advanced lens with the ability to leave you seeing better than ever before? Schedule your cataract surgery consultation with Dr. Cheema in Kingston, NY, today!