Premium Lens Options
Do you need to have cataract surgery? If you have cataracts interfering with your ability to see the world around you clearly, one of the most important things you must do is choose an intraocular lens before you can have cataract surgery.
At Palmer Eye Center, our cataract surgeons use the latest and most advanced intraocular lenses to give our patients the best visual results.
What is an Intraocular Lens?
An intraocular lens is an artificial lens placed in the eye during cataract surgery. The intraocular lens takes the place of the previously transparent natural lens.
However, when you have a cataract, the natural lens becomes opaque. When this occurs, it makes it far more challenging to see, leading to other frustrating symptoms like blurry or foggy vision, halos, or glare, finding it more challenging to drive at night, or injuring yourself more frequently due to visual impairment, among other symptoms.
A premium intraocular lens refers to a lens that a patient will pay out of pocket for. Unlike a monofocal lens, which only corrects for one distance and leaves the patient requiring glasses to see at other ranges, a premium lens corrects several distances.
Many times, premium IOLs allow you to see up close, far away, and at intermediate distances. These IOLs reduce dependence on visual aids following cataract surgery, making them an excellent choice for patients who love golfing, sailing, or hiking with their grandchildren.
Although they require an out-of-pocket cost, many patients find these IOLs are more than worth it because they provide the following:
Premium Intraocular Lens Options at Palmer Eye Center
At Palmer Eye Center, we’re happy to offer the following premium intraocular lens options to our patients, including:
Vivity Extended Depth of Focus Non-Diffractive Lens
The Vivity IOL is an extended depth of focus (EDOF) non-diffractive lens. It provides patients with a comprehensive range of clear vision, including the ability to see clearly up close, at a distance, and in intermediate capacities.
The Vivity lens uses proprietary X-WAVE technology to adjust how light enters the eye, which changes the depth of focus and provides clear vision at several distances. Patients can reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses when they choose this premium lens.
PanOptix Trifocal Lens
The PanOptix trifocal IOL is a trifocal IOL that gives patients excellent vision up close, far away, and when they look at anything in between. The PanOptix uses concentric rings on the surface of the lens, which divides light into three different focal points.
Separating the light into three focal points allows you to see well no matter what you’re looking at. The PanOptix is an excellent choice for patients that lead physical lifestyles and love golfing, hiking, swimming, tennis, and more.
A toric intraocular lens is the only IOL specifically designed to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs when the cornea is irregular.
Rather than being round, like a basketball, patients with astigmatism will have a long cornea, like a football. Because the cornea is misshapen, it causes patients to experience distorted vision at all distances.
A toric lens corrects astigmatism with different powers in different meridians. Having this helps compensate for the irregular shape of the cornea. Improving the cornea’s irregular shape allows light to focus more accurately and means patients can see more clearly.
Toric lenses come in several versions, including monofocal and multifocal models, ensuring patients can experience clear vision at all the required distances.
Monovision Lens that Corrects Visual Acuity
Monovision is a way of correcting presbyopia. Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens loses its flexibility due to aging. Because of this, it becomes more challenging to see things up close, like when you’re trying to look at a menu at your favorite restaurant.
With monovision, patients have a lens for distance placed in one eye and then a different lens placed in the other to help them see things up close. Monovision makes it possible to focus on something at a distance while allowing the other eye to focus on what’s right in front of you.
It can take some time to get used to monovision and the difference in focus, but using monovision to correct visual acuity can be an extremely effective way to treat presbyopia. Treating presbyopia during cataract surgery helps patients look forward to the crispest and clearest vision following cataract removal while reducing dependence on reading glasses.
Monofocal Lens with ORA
A monofocal lens is the most basic, standard intraocular lens a patient can have implanted during cataract surgery. Monofocal IOLs usually provide clear vision at a distance, requiring patients to wear glasses or other visual aids to see at other uncorrected ranges.
ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) is a state-of-the-art device offered at Palmer Eye Center. It measures your refractive error during cataract surgery and provides real-time measurements.
These real-time measurements allow our surgeons to select the most appropriate monofocal lens for a patient. Using ORA means a cataract surgeon will have the most precise measurements possible, resulting in optimal patient visual outcomes and fewer chances for visual aberrations following the procedure. A monofocal IOL becomes a premium choice when it’s implanted using ORA technology.
Are you ready to find out if a premium lens implant may be right for you? Request your cataract consultation at Palmer Eye Center in Tallahassee, FL, now!