Increasingly, patients are asking for the ability to see far away and up close after cataract surgery. Technology has improved substantially so that we can now offer two unique varieties of implant lenses to achieve this goal.
AcrySof® IQ Vivity™
The new Vivity intraocular lens is the latest generation of lenses used to replace cataracts during cataract surgery. AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision IOL provides clear distance vision (e.g., for watching children playing in the backyard). In addition, the AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision IOL allows for better intermediate (working on a computer, applying makeup or shaving) and some near (reading, knitting) vision compared to what a monofocal IOL would provide.
The AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ IOL is not a multifocal IOL. It uses a new Wavefront-Shaping technology to provide the broader range of vision. Note that there is a chance you may still need glasses for distance, intermediate, and/or near vision.
Panoptix Trifocal lenses allow three vision distances instead of just one or two you may get with other implants. One of the main benefits of PanOptix Trifocal lenses is that you can get better vision. The three ranges of vision include:
- Far or distance vision.
- Intermediate vision: Intermediate clear vision tasks include things such as shaving, applying your makeup, and working on a computer.
- Near vision: Near clear vision tasks include sewing, writing, and reading.
They can also be used for more than just cataracts. They can be used by people who have blurry vision because of an irregularly shaped cornea.
While advances in technology now allow us to provide less dependence on glasses after cataract surgery, the decision to select one of these IOL’s must be made with your doctor and surgeon. We will take into consideration your goals and any other eye conditions. We want to assess with you whether one of these choices is right for you.
Premium implants are an upgrade. As such, they are not covered by insurance.
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