As we age, our natural crystalline lens begins to harden and yellow. This hardened, yellow lens is known as a cataract. During Cataract Surgery, the cataract is removed and an Intraocular lens implant (IOL) is put in its place. After surgery, you have both eliminated your cataracts and corrected your vision in the process with a brand new lens.
Due to advances in technology, there are now many types of lenses that can be customized to your unique vision needs and lifestyle.
Barnet Dulaney Perkins is proud to provide a solution for patients with presbyopia with the recent FDA approval of Alcon’s Acrysof IQ PanOptix Trifocal IOL. With this advanced technology, the trifocal lens will allow cataract and refractive lens exchange patients to correct for immediate, near, and distance vision. Prior to this advanced lens, all multifocal lenses in the United States only corrected vision at two distances.
Dr. Scott Perkins became the first surgeon in Arizona to perform surgery with the Trifocal IOL on September 3, 2019. The lens is now available for all qualified Barnet Dulaney Perkins patients interested in improving their vision with this state-of-the-art technology.
This basic lens provides a single focus distance vision. Because of this, those who wish to correct their vision at both near and far distances will still need to supplement their vision with glasses. For those that don’t mind wearing glasses for certain tasks, standard lenses are a great option. Our cataract specialists can help walk you through your options and find the lens that is best suited for you and your desired outcome after surgery.
Where a standard lens provides vision at a single distance, an advanced technology lens such as a multifocal or accommodating IOL, will be the best choice if you want to maximize your ability to focus at varying distances while minimizing your dependency on glasses.
Recent advancements in multifocal technology now make it possible for people to see at multiple distances without the help of magnifying glasses or bifocals (even trifocals). You can experience your vision close-up while reading the paper or your favorite book and then enjoy seeing at a distance when you’re looking at the sunset or watching TV. These lenses have the ability to consistently offer improved vision at various ranges.
For people who are active and are inhibited by wearing glasses, multifocal lenses are a premium option that can accommodate you and your favorite activities.
Distance and Astigmatic Correction
Those with astigmatism (irregular shape of the cornea that requires glasses for correction), may elect for a lens that addresses astigmatism providing natural distance vision. The most advanced method of distance correction uses a lens called a toric lens. The toric lens incorporates unique optics to compensate for specific deficiencies in your vision. Astigmatism correction may be the best choice for you if you would like to further improve your quality of vision and reduce your dependency on glasses.
Technology continues to advance and give us more ways to correct vision in a way that is tailored to our individual needs. If you have questions about what IOL or premium lens would be the best option for you, talk to your surgeon about the differences and advantages.