Advanced Technology Intraocular Lens Implants
Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are medical devices that are implanted within the eye after a cataract surgery. The IOLs essentially replace the natural lens of the eye that was removed during the surgery to correct cataracts.
Basic implants have only one point of focus, usually set for distance. Glasses are thus required after surgery to see clearly and have a full range of vision. At The Eye MDs, we offer Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses, or ATIOLs, that can correct astigmatism (for cleare vision) and/or treat presbyopia (the inability to see at near).
Tecnis Symfony, Alcon PanOptix and Vivity: Presbyopia-correcting Implant Lenses
Presbyiopia is a natural aging process that progresses from the mid 40s to 50s, where the lens of the eye stiffens and loses the ability to change focus when attempting to see near objects – thus people require readers or bifocals for near work. There are now ATIOLs that can provide a full range of vision after cataract surgery and thus “correct” presbyopia. Some of our favorites include the Alcon PanOptix and the Tecnis Symfony® implants. While the basic lens has only one distant focal point and cannot focus at near without a bifocal, the Symfony® and the PanOptix ATIOLs provide a continuous range of vision from distance to near. Meaning, you will have a full range of vision without glasses, reducing the need to wear glasses. The Vivity implant is the newest and per Alcon, “A first-of-its-kind, non-diffractive lens that offers a continuous extended range of vision while maintaining a low incidence of visual disturbances, like a monofocal IOL.”
Patients with these Presbyopia-correcting ATIOLs are typically able to do most tasks without glasses, but they are not necessarily 20/20 at any or all distances. Glasses may be needed at times by patients for demanding visual tasks like driving at night, reading fine print, or prolonged reading. Results may vary, but most patients will enjoy a greater freedom from glasses with the wider range of vision provided by these presbyopia-correcting implants.
Toric Implant Lenses
Another type of ATIOL offered by The Eye MDs is the Toric IOL that corrects astigmatism. Astigmatism is present with the clear cornea of the eye is not spherical like a ball, but rather has two different curvatures like a spoon. Astigmatism causes vision to be blurred. Small amounts of astigmatism can be corrected with the laser as part of Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery. But significant astigmatism is corrected by using Toric implants that have astigmatism correcting optics.
There are two categories of Toric (astigmatism-correcting) implants. The Basic Toric allows for corrected distance vision, while the presbyopia-correcting (also called multifocal) Toric implant also allows for vision to be corrected for intermediate and near vision. Both the PanOptix and Symfony presbyopia-correcting implants have toric lens options.
Good Vision is Priceless
Your vision correction should be looked at as an investment in yourself, and while ATIOLs are more expensive, the benefit of correcting astigmatisms and/or presbyopia can provide a future that has much more freedom form glasses. At The Eye MDs, our cataract surgeons are happy to discuss all of the different lens options and help figure out what one is best for you.
You can also use your Health Care Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account to help cover the additional cost of the Advanced Technology Implant and related services; this saves you money by using pretax dollars. Financing can often be arranges for those who qualify by Care Credit. Contact us today to learn more about payment options.