The Cataract Surgeons
For years, patients who got cataract surgery had a successful outcome but still needed to wear glasses afterward. Traditional cataract surgery can fix long-distance vision or near vision, but not both. Now, there is a new option that can provide clear vision for near, intermediate, and far distances without needing to wear glasses or contacts.
What Is The New Technology?
The new technology is called the PanOptix trifocal intraocular lenses. The PanOptix trifocal lens is the first and only trifocal lens in the United States. This technology has already been used successfully in countries around the world. It is changing lives and redefining post-cataract surgery outcomes for patients.
More than 120 million people worldwide have benefitted from the trifocal intraocular lens. This lens has been available for several years before it received FDA approval in the U.S.
Why Should I Consider The PanOptix Trifocal Lens?
While cataract surgery removes a patient’s cloudy lens with a new, clear lens, it is limited to providing clear vision at one or more distances. This depends on which intraocular lens the patient chooses.
Cataract surgery patients are limited to a lens that will correct distance vision or near vision, but not both. While cataract surgery clears up blurry vision and side effects caused by cataracts, many patients find they still need glasses for near work or to see far distances.
The PanOptix trifocal lens reduces the need for glasses as the first lens of its kind to provide correction at all three distances – near, intermediate and far. For the first time, you can imagine what life would be like without glasses and save the money you spend on glasses and contact lenses.
How Does The PanOptix Trifocal Lens Work?
The PanOptix trifocal lens is an advanced technology lens used to focus images clearly to the retina. This provides clear vision post-cataract surgery. It serves as a trifocal lens and provides more benefits that a monofocal cannot provide. This includes better vision while reading, working on a computer, or driving. It has better image quality over other trifocal lenses.
Like other lenses, it is permanently placed in your eye. Unlike other lenses, the advanced technology maximizes the amount of light that reaches the retina. This gives patients crisp and clear vision at every distance.
It also works under various lighting conditions. Your eye physician can set the intermediate vision focal point with PanOptix to a distance suited to your lifestyle. When the lens is implanted in the eye during cataract surgery, the eye and brain adjust to looking through the correct part of the lens. This depends on where the person is focusing.
Unlike other multifocal lenses, the PanOptix trifocal lens delivers excellent contrast sensitivity. In the trifocal lens design, 50% of light energy goes to distance vision, 25% goes to intermediate vision, and 25% to near vision.
The PanOptix trifocal lens works best for patients who want to be able see with ease. This is the case whether they are doing close work like reading, intermediate work, such as typing on a computer; or seeing far away, such as playing golf.
How Do I Know If The PanOptix Trifocal Lens Is Right For Me?
If you are a candidate for cataract surgery, you can consider choosing a PanOptix trifocal lens. It’s best to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor who has experience with multifocal intraocular lenses to determine if it is right for you.
At Willis Knighton Eye Institute, whether you’re in Shreveport, Coushatta, or Natchitoches, you can discuss your vision goals with an experienced eye physician. Your doctor will discuss all your cataract surgery options with you.
Willis Knighton Eye Institute is the first eye care practice in Louisiana to offer the PanOptix trifocal lens to patients.
Some patients opt for a monofocal intraocular lens, which allows clear vision at one distance – either near or far. Those patients continue to wear glasses after cataract surgery.
Another option is that one eye receives an intraocular lens for distance and the other for close vision. With this option, a patient must use one eye at a time for each distance. This will reduce the need for some glasses but may affect depth perception.
Deciding on the correct intraocular lens is an important decision. You should take into account your vision goals, lifestyle, and other health issues.
Exploring your options is best-done face-to-face with an experienced eye physician. We at the Willis Knighton Eye Institute are one of the few practices that offer trifocal lenses to our cataract patients.
Does The PanOptix Trifocal Lens Have Risks?
In some instances, patients may still need glasses for intricate, detailed, or close work. Be sure to discuss that possibility during your consultation with your eye doctor.
During clinical trials with the trifocal lens, some patients reported temporarily experiencing glare, including halos around lights. This was most noticeable at night and decreased or became less noticeable over time.
Once your first eye is implanted with a PanOptix Trifocal lens, your vision may not be completely clear until you have the lens put in your second eye. After treating the second eye, patients reported having good vision at near, intermediate and far distances. This happened within a few days of surgery.
Some people take a little longer to adapt to their new vision than others, so stay in touch with your eye doctor after cataract surgery. On rare occasions, your eye surgeon may recommend a minor “touch up” procedure to refine your vision.
Once your post-cataract surgery vision has settled, you can enjoy routine activities without the need for glasses. Because the PanOptix trifocal intraocular lens is a premium lens, it may not be covered by your insurance plan or Medicare. Our billing and insurance office is available to discuss different options for you.
Wondering if the PanOptix trifocal lens may be right for you? Schedule a cataract screening at Willis Knighton Eye Institute in Shreveport, LA today!