An intraocular lens (IOL) is an implanted lens in the eye that replaces the existing lens. It usually consists of a small plastic lens with plastic side struts, called haptics, to hold the lens in place within the capsular bag inside the eye. IOLs were traditionally made of an inflexible material although this has largely been superseded by the use of flexible materials. Most IOLs fitted today are fixed monofocal lenses matched to distance vision. However, at Cataract & Laser Eye Surgeons, we offer a variety of premium IOLs capable of providing patients with a wider range of vision allowing for greater freedom from glasses.
AcrySof® IQ PanOptix IOL by Alcon is an innovative implant that reduces the need for glasses after cataract surgery. These high-tech implants are sometimes called “trifocal” because they improve your short, medium, and long-range vision, much like trifocal glasses. Moreover, PanOptix IOL implants can help relieve poor night vision, blurry eyesight, and dull colors caused by cataracts.Read More
The ReSTOR lens is a non-moving lens implant that can give distance and near vision simultaneously.
Rather than having three separate focusing zones like TECNIS, however, the ReSTOR lens focuses on vision using an “apodized” surface. This high-tech manufacturing process gives the lens a gradual blending of focusing power throughout the entire lens surface.
With the ReSTOR lens, 97% of people can see both distance objects (road signs) and near objects (reading material within 1 or 2 feet) without difficulty, especially in good light. Arms length vision, the computer screen for example, at 2 or 3 feet is less clear, and most people will need glasses for these kinds of tasks. In dim light, the lens is designed to give better distance vision. However, 5% of people with ReSTOR do notice significant halos or glare around lights at night.
The Alcon AcrySof Toric lens implant is designed to correct astigmatism. For cataract patients that have astigmatism and do not want to be dependent on glasses after cataract surgery, a Toric Lens Implant can be a solution. The Alcon AcrySof Toric lens corrects both conditions simultaneously, resulting in significantly better visual outcomes. The Alcon AcrySof Toric lens implant does not correct presbyopia, so reading glasses or bifocals may still be needed to comfortable perform near vision tasks such as reading or computer work.
The Tecnis Multifocal IOL is based on the aspheric optic design of the Tecnis IOL (Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.), which was engineered to reduce the spherical aberration of an average cornea (which enhances clarity). Based on a principle of diffraction the Tecnis Multifocal IOL features diffractive rings on its posterior surface.
The rings start very close to the optics center and then continue out toward the periphery. As a result, the multifocal effects are not affected by pupil size or lighting conditions. Even in dim light, distance and near vision are quite good. The lens provides patients with excellent near and distance vision, each of which is distinct. Most patients also report good intermediate or arms’ length vision as well.
Immediately after surgery, some patients may notice halos around lights during night driving. However, as the eye adjusts to the lens, the visual impression of rings may lessen and usually goes away over time.
The most recent addition to the TECNIS® IOL family is the TECNIS® Toric, which lens provides the recipient with astigmatism correction with cataract surgery, meaning the patient will see a greater number of visual impairments removed after the procedure.
There are a number of ways to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery, including limbal relaxing incisions. The TECNIS® Toric uses the biocompatible materials and multifocal design employed in every TECNIS® Multifocal IOL, and provides the added benefit of astigmatism correction without any additional surgical steps.
The CrystaLens implant can give a reading, arm’s length, and distance vision without glasses because this implant actually adjusts its position within the eye as the eye looks from far to near subjects. This is similar to a camera’s ‘autofocus’ mechanism. The CrystaLens is powered by the same ciliary muscles that move and focus the eye’s lens. Its unique, hinged shape allows for this lens movement and gives a seamless transition from far to arm’s length to near vision. Most people with the CrystaLens have a clear far vision (driving, television) and intermediate vision without any glasses. About 95% of people can also read newsprint without glasses. Some people do need glasses for fine print, especially in dim light. Of the three lenses, the CrystaLens is most likely to provide the best vision for night driving.
TECNIS® Symfony IOLs are the first and only extended range of vision IOL that correct presbyopia. Symfony IOLs provide high-quality vision at all distance ranges and are associated with very low incidences of unwanted visual effects, such as glares and halos. With Symfony lenses, many of our Newport Beach patients are able to see clearly without the need for glasses after cataract surgery.
We serve patients in Huntington Beach as well as other Orange County communities, including Newport Beach, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Costa Mesa, and Tustin.
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