In the past, cataract surgery could only correct vision at one distance, typically for driving, and watching television; but people would still need reading glasses after surgery. Now, people can get a multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) to correct vision at distance, intermediate (computer vision), and near.
If you are considering cataract surgery and want freedom from glasses after surgery, you should consider multifocal IOLs. These implants are designed to provide more range of vision than can be obtained by traditional cataract surgery. Most patients who choose multifocal IOLs are completely independent from glasses or use them only occasionally after surgery. There are currently several bifocal IOLs available, and there is only one trifocal IOL called PanOptix®.
Feinerman Vision Center offers all of the premium IOLs (multifocal and accommodating IOLs). We do not use one company’s lens implant because not every person is best suited for the same type of lens. Dr Feinerman examines the individual person and looks at all of their measurements in order to choose the lens best suited for that specific individual.
The PanOptix® is a trifocal intraocular lens. It uses ENLIGHTEN® Optical Technology, a proprietary design that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision. It does so in two ways. First, it maximizes the amount of light that reaches the retina, giving patients good vision at distance, intermediate and near under various lighting conditions. Second, by setting the intermediate vision focal point to a distance that is well suited for today’s lifestyles.
Thus, a patient who is a good candidate for PanOptix® can read menus, work at their computer and track the golf ball with relative ease.
Dr Feinerman was the first surgeon in Orange County to implant the PanOptix IOL after FDA approved in September 2019. PanOptix has performed extremely well in properly selected patients. In fact, over 99 percent of patients participating in the PanOptix® clinical trials in the U.S. said that they would choose the lens again if given a choice.
The Tecnis Multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) is produced by Abbott Laboratories. It was FDA approved in 2009. The fully diffractive surface of the Tecnis Multifocal IOL provides excellent image quality at all distances under any lighting condition, and regardless of pupil size. It also has an aspheric optic to reduce halos around lights at night. According to Abbott, nearly 90% of patients are glasses free after surgery.
This state-of-the-art lens can provide cataract patients with the most comprehensive range of vision they can achieve with a multifocal IOL. As discussed earlier, traditional monofocal IOLs allow only one type of vision, usually distance, to be seen clearly. However, Tecnis is designed to provide a sharper focus of light, enabling its wearer to see more clearly at both near and far distances.
The Tecnis IOL’s unique design provides patients with an advantage by allowing them to see more clearly in low light as well as in bright light conditions. Whether near or far, day or night, Tecnis can give you back the visual range and independence you need to experience life to its fullest.
For more information on AcrySof® ReSTOR® or TECNIS® please call Feinerman Vision Center today at 877-752-8155 to schedule your evaluation with Dr. Gregg Feinerman. He will give you a better understanding of how your cataracts can be removed and improve your quality of life.