Intraocular Lens Options (IOLs) in Melbourne, FL
During cataract surgery, your eye’s natural, cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL refracts, or bends, light that enters your eye to allow you to see clearly. You cannot see or feel your IOL, and it is designed to last the rest of your life.
There are many different types of IOLs, and the technology behind these lenses continues to advance. Depending on the option you select, your IOL may reduce or eliminate your need for corrective eyewear. The team at TRES VISION Group will help you choose the most suitable IOL for your visual needs and goals.
The PanOptix IOL is the first and only trifocal IOL, as it provides clear vision at a full range of distances without any drop-off in quality. The PanOptix lens splits light into three focal points, offering the high-definition distance, intermediate and near vision needed for virtually all day-to-day tasks: reading, driving, computer work, sports and hobbies. You do not have to settle for clear vision at one or two distances; you can recapture clear vision at any distance that is similar to what you enjoyed when you were younger.
In addition to providing extraordinary vision at multiple distances, the PanOptix lens also reduces the occurrence of visual disturbances that are common with other lenses, like poor contrast sensitivity, glare and halos around lights.
Although it was only approved by the FDA in 2019, PanOptix is incredibly popular, with a high patient satisfaction rating. If living an active, independent life is important to you, it is worth considering the PanOptix IOL.
Find the IOL That’s Right for You
The quality of your vision after cataract surgery depends on the IOL you choose. You don’t have to make this important decision alone — the doctors at TRES VISION Group will go over all of your IOL options and explain the pros and cons of each. Once we have learned more about your visual goals and understand your unique eyes, we can suggest the IOL or IOLs that are suited to your circumstances.
To learn more about IOLs and cataract surgery, please contact TRES VISION Group and request a consultation with us today.
Extended Depth of Focus IOL
New advancements in optic technology have led to the creation of a lens that is neither monofocal nor multifocal. The extended depth of focus (EDOF) IOL elongates the lens’ focus to provide a wider range of quality vision. Clareon® Vivity® is the first and only EDOF lens available in the United States.
Vivity provides continuous vision, especially at far and intermediate distances, making glasses unnecessary in most circumstances. The non-diffractive properties of this lens make vision clearer at many distances simultaneously. They also provide strong contrast sensitivity, which reduces incidence of glare and halos. Additionally, our doctors have found that EDOF IOLs tend to produce more consistent results than multifocal IOLs.
However, by extending the depth of focus, this IOL requires some compromise when it comes to up-close vision, particularly in lower light settings. If you don’t mind wearing reading glasses on occasion for near vision, Vivity may be the right choice for you.
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Intraocular Lens FAQs
Read some common questions about IOL’s
How long does an intraocular lens last?
While your eye’s natural lenses can break down over time, IOLs are very durable and designed to last indefinitely. Once you have IOLs, you can expect to see better (without the threat of new cataracts) for the rest of your life.
Do you still need to wear glasses with intraocular lenses?
That depends on what kind of IOLs you have. Multifocal lenses usually correct just for distance vision, which means that you will probably want to have reading glasses to see up-close objects. However, with premium lenses like PanOptix, you should be able to see clearly from multiple distances. If you would rather not wear glasses anymore, premium intraocular lenses are the best solution.
Are there any downsides to choosing multifocal lenses?
Some patients have a slight adjustment period to get used to their multifocal lenses, particularly if they did not wear multifocal glasses prior to surgery. In the past, some patients have complained about finding it difficult to read in dimmer light or drive at night, but as multifocal IOLs become more advanced, and PanOptix are designed to minimize such problems.
How much do IOLs cost?
The prices for IOLs vary. Premium IOLs are more expensive than standard (monofocal) IOLs, but they also allow for higher-quality vision without needing to depend on eyeglasses or contacts. During a consultation, your ophthalmologist can discuss the options that might be most beneficial to you, as well as the prices. Insurance may not cover the cost of premium lenses, but we do offer financing options.
How do IOLs reverse cataracts?
Cataracts form on your eyes’ lenses as you age when proteins begin to clump together. Rather than “fixing” the lens, cataract surgery removes the hazy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens, also known as an IOL. Because an IOL does not have proteins on it, cataracts cannot return.
What are the risks associated with IOLs?
Any surgery carries some risks, but cataract surgery is considered very safe, which is a big reason why it is the most performed surgery in the United States. A small number of patients may experience swelling, blurry vision, or an infection following cataract surgery, but treatments are available to resolve any issues that may impact their vision.
How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
Most patients’ vision improves significantly enough to resume their normal activities within two or three days. However, full recovery can take several weeks to complete. Your ophthalmologist will schedule a series of follow-up appointments after your surgery to ensure that your eyes are healing correctly and that your vision is strong.
Can I wear contact lenses with IOLs?
If you have monofocal IOLs that do not correct for vision at all distances, it is safe to wear traditional contact lenses. The only caveat is that contacts are only appropriate after your eyes have fully recovered from cataract surgery, so you will need to wear eyeglasses in the meantime.