If you’re facing cataract surgery, you’re probably looking into what your options are when it comes to artificial lenses. Many patients resign themselves to receiving a monofocal lens. This type of lens allows patients to see at far distances, but will require glasses or contacts for intermediate and near vision. What if there was a better way? At ICT Eye in Wichita, KS, we offer a PanOptix lens that allows you to see clearly at all distances.
How Far Can You See With PanOptix?
The idea of a lens offering 20/20 near, intermediate, and distance vision may sound too good to be true, but PanOptix offers just that. This lens allows the pupil to have better light utilization, which means more light reaches the light-sensitive retina. Its 4.5mm diffractive zone also reduces the lens’ dependence on pupil size.
Its adaptability makes this lens a true trifocal lens that also allows you to see well in different lighting conditions. Whether you’re hiking in the summer sun or driving home at night, these lenses are designed to help you get the most out of your vision every step of the way.
Part of what makes this lens so powerful is its use of an additional focal point. This groundbreaking development is what allows for clear intermediate vision. In many cases, glasses and monofocal lenses are designed with near and distance vision in mind. However, intermediate vision is very important.
The intermediate vision distance is at about four feet. It’s often what allows you to clearly see the face of someone talking to you. By adding this intermediate focal point and redirecting its light energy, PanOptix was able to develop near, intermediate, and distant focal points.
When you read a book or look down at your phone, you’re using your near vision. Since monofocal lenses usually allow patients to only have clear vision at a long distance, patients who receive a monofocal lens will likely need reading glasses for when they want to use their near vision.
Some patients don’t find this adjustment difficult, but others are frustrated that they have to always remember where they put their reading glasses. Patients who don’t want to wear their readers around their necks will need to know where they are if they want to read a text message, or if someone is trying to show them a picture. A trifocal lens takes this frustration out of life and allows you to enjoy near vision without a second thought.
You use intermediate vision to see anything that’s about an arm’s reach away. It’s especially important for patients who work with their computers, as the screen may fall into that intermediate vision range. Activities like cooking often use both near and intermediate vision as well.
Patients who rely on a monofocal lens to see things at a distance, and glasses to see things up close, may still have to deal with blurry intermediate vision. You won’t have to make that compromise with a trifocal lens.
When you go to the movies, ride your bike, or take in the view while enjoying nature, you’re using distance vision. Clear distance vision helps us take in the world and all its details to the fullest. Whether you enjoy going to sports events, concerts, or playing frisbee with a loved one, clear distance vision can help you enjoy your hobbies.
What Other Benefits Can a Trifocal Lens Offer?
Some patients have been wearing glasses throughout their entire lives. Others, however, find them to be cumbersome and don’t want to rely on glasses after their cataract surgery. These patients may feel as though they’re facing the loss of some of their spontaneity. Cataract surgery doesn’t have to be so disruptive. A trifocal lens can help you maintain your independence and vision that feels natural and seamless.
If you’re one of the many people who have astigmatism, this lens could be good news for you. This extremely common condition involves a natural lens that doesn’t function quite right due to its shape or position. It can be caused by damage or some surgeries, but in many cases it’s simply hereditary.
Blurred vision is the most common symptom, and can be especially noticeable when driving at night. Some patients experience eye pain or headaches from their astigmatism. If your astigmatism is under one diopter, a trifocal lens can be used as a safe and effective treatment for astigmatism while replacing the function of your natural lens at the same time.
Presbyopia is often age-related and involves not being able to clearly see things that are close to you. Reading glasses or bifocals are common solutions so patients can look at items close-up. If you find yourself having to hold a book at an arm’s length to make out the words, you could be dealing with presbyopia.
A trifocal lens can replace the need for bifocals and reading glasses, as it allows your eyes to experience healthy near vision.
Protect Your Eyes
As we continue to discover more about how the eyes work, it’s becoming more clear how important it is to protect our eyes from potentially harmful sun exposure. Spending a lot of time in the bright sun may harm your eyes if you don’t wear glasses with UV protection. As the use of technology continues to grow, there is also a growing concern about how much blue light our eyes are exposed to.
PanOptix lenses are made to address both concerns. They are able to filter out both UV rays and blue light, which helps protect your eyes while creating a sharper image at the same time.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What Is an Intraocular Lens?
As you research, you may come across the term “intraocular.” This simply means “inside the eye.” Since cataracts cloud the natural lens of the eye, cataract surgery removes this natural lens and replaces it with an intraocular, artificial lens.
The replacement lens can be monofocal, or trifocal. Since PanOptix allows the patient to see at all three vision levels, it’s considered a trifocal intraocular lens.
How Long Will My Results Last?
This powerful trifocal lens technology is designed to last for your entire life, which means you should be able to enjoy all of the benefits these lenses offer without having to worry about eventually replacing them.
The surgery to place the lens is very simple, and the fact that such a simple surgery can offer lifetime benefits is truly exciting.
Am I a Good Candidate?
There is no right or wrong age for this treatment, it really depends on your individual needs. A good candidate is someone who needs cataract surgery, but doesn’t want to limit their near or intermediate vision with a monofocal lens.
A consultation will give us the information we need to recommend the right treatment, and we can also talk about your alternative options. We want you to be thrilled with your results, which means we want you to have a good understanding of what to expect.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
A consultation is an important first step in your treatment. You will have the chance to ask us questions or share any concerns you have. We will, in turn, go over your needs and talk through your expectations to make sure this lens is a good fit for you.
Once we feel confident that this lens is a good option for your needs, and you feel confident about your treatment options, we can move forward.
Once your pupils are dilated, this surgery can be carried out with a series of very small incisions. This is such a common surgery that it’s often considered one of the most simple and safe surgeries out there.
It usually only takes between 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Many patients find themselves surprised by how easy the entire process is, and of course, we will be here to answer your questions throughout every step of your treatment.
When you visit us for a consultation, we’ll be able to give you more personalized information. This is important since each patient is an individual. That said, you should be able to enjoy fast vision improvement after your surgery. These results are expected to actually improve with time as your eyes adjust to their new lens. One eye is usually treated at a time.
Reclaim Your Sight
Whether you find yourself ready to learn more about the benefits of a trifocal lens, or you have additional questions, we’d be happy to help you. Contact us at ICT Eye in Wichita, KS, today, to set up your consultation. We will be able to give you individualized advice and walk you through your treatment options.