What is an IOL?
An intraocular lens (or IOL) is a tiny, artificial lens for the eye. It replaces the eye’s natural lens that is removed during cataract surgery. The lens bends (refracts) light rays that enter the eye, helping you to see. Your lens should be clear. But if you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract. Cataract surgery removes this cloudy lens and replaces it with a clear IOL to improve your vision.
IOLs come in different focusing powers, just like prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your ophthalmologist will measure the length of your eye and the curve of your cornea. These measurements are used to set your IOLs focusing power.
Certain IOLs, called Premium IOLs, are used to replace the natural lens of the eye, correct common vision impairments, and provide more complete visual acuity across multiple distances.
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What is Astigmatism?
Most people with cataracts want not only to have clear vision after cataract surgery, but freedom from eyeglasses as well. One thing that can prevent that from happening is residual astigmatism after surgery. Astigmatism is very common before and after cataract surgery. Almost one in three people who are candidates for cataract surgery have at least 1.0 diopter (D) of astigmatism, which is enough to cause noticeably blurred vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of your eyes cornea and/or lens. It may be helpful to think of the eye as being shaped like a basketball. With astigmatism, the eye is shaped more like a football.
What Can Be Done During Cataract Surgery For My Astigmatism?
In the past, intraocular lenses (IOL’s) used in cataract surgery could not correct astigmatism. Thankfully, special intraocular lenses (called Toric IOL’s) have been developed to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery.
Toric intraocular lenses have special markers on the peripheral parts of the lens the enable to surgeon to see the orientation of the astigmatism correction in the lens. These marks are important, since once that the surgeon implants the lens he will need to then rotate the lens and align it to your individual degree of astigmatism. ORA System Technology helps us with these real time measurements to make sure we minimize the maximum amount of astigmatism that we can, in real time, to give you the highest chance of not depending on glasses for distance vision post-operatively.
Another option to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery is with laser assisted cataract surgery, which you can read about in the section of our website labeled “Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery”.
When you can see more, you can do more. Redefine your vision with the AcrySof® IQ Panoptix® Trifocal Lens and start seeing life differently.
- Enhance your vision for clear, complete focus.
- See effortlessly without blurry zones.
- Discover brighter, vivid colors.
- Reduce your need to wear and/or depend on glasses.
- Take advantage of the first trifocal lens available in the United States.
The lens you choose matters! While a standard (monofocal) lens can help you see far away, the Panoptix® Lens gives you a full range of vision, so that you can immerse in a full range of activities – all while relying less on glasses, if at all!
Imagine how you could use clear, complete vision.
See Far Away with clear distance vision:
- Spot a familiar face
- Go see a show
- Drive a car
- Watch TV
See At Arm’s Length with enhanced intermediate vision:
- Use a computer
- Read a menu
- See the mirror
See Up Close with excellent near vision:
- Read a book
- Take up crafting
- Use a cell phone
With the Panoptix® Lens, you can seize every day. Without cataracts – without hesitation – without holding back. In a clinical study, 129 patients were asked about their experience with the Panoptix® Lens:
- 99% of people with the Panoptix Lens would choose the same lens again.
- 98% of people with the Panoptix Lens would recommend it to family and friends.
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See what makes your life remarkable with the AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Lens.
Cataracts don’t have to hold you back from the things you love. Embrace the moments that make your day and rediscover visual clarity with the AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Lens.
Clear Vision Far Away:
- Go to a concert
- Spot a familiar face
- Drive a car
- Enjoy TV
Clear Vision At Arm’s Length
- Cook your favorite meal
- Send emails
- See in the mirrors
Functional Vision Up Close
- Tend a garden
- Play games
- Take a picture
When patients were asked about their experience with the AcrySof IQ Vivity Lens, it was found that:
- 90% were satisfied with their results and would get the lens again.
- 93% would recommend the lens to a family member or friend.
Cataract Surgery at Takle Eye Group
Are you ready to learn about your cataract options? The first step is an evaluation. Contact Griffin Eye Group today to schedule your visit!