Are you someone who has cataracts? You’re not alone. Cataracts affect millions of people in America. If you have a cataract, it can lead to blurred vision, distorted night vision, or other harmful symptoms. The only way to effectively treat cataracts is by undergoing cataract surgery. Southwestern Eye Associates is excited to offer our cataract patients a new option for IOLs!
We are now offering the FDA approved PanOptix trifocal IOL. The PanOptix trifocal IOL is the newest intraocular lens that’s FDA approved for use during cataract surgery.
What Is The PanOptix Trifocal IOL?
The PanOptix trifocal IOL is a type of premium intraocular lens. It is the only trifocal IOL with FDA approval. The PanOptix trifocal IOL is part of the AcrySof family of lenses, produced by Alcon. These are the most implanted cataract replacement lenses worldwide. There are over 100 million AcrySof Lenses that have already been implanted and counting.
What Are the Benefits of the PanOptix Trifocal IOL?
The PanOptix trifocal IOL helps with both vision range and quality. For patients with the PanOptix trifocal lens, their vision is sharp and vivid and complete at any distance. Unlike other IOLs, patients with the PanOptix trifocal lens are less bothered by glare around bright lights. Since the PanOptix lens is a trifocal lens, it helps with seeing at all distances.
That means you can see distance, intermediate, and near vision.
How Does Cataract Surgery Work?
During cataract surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision to remove your lens. Next, they will replace the original lens with the PanOptix trifocal IOL. To prevent injury, cataract surgery is normally performed on one eye at a time. After a few weeks, you’ll return to Southwestern Eye Associates to have surgery on your other eye.
Will I Still Need to Wear Glasses After Getting The PanOptix Trifocal IOL?
This question varies on a case-by-case basis for individual patients. Although the PanOptix trifocal IOL is a premium lens, you may still need glasses for distance or near vision. Even though you may still have to wear glasses occasionally, you won’t have to wear them as often. 80.5 percent of people with the PanOptix trifocal lens reported that they did not have to wear glasses to see within the past week.
Are There Any Side Effects With The PanOptix Trifocal IOL?
You might experience side effects from the trifocal PanOptix lens. Possible side effects include:
● Rings around lights
● Reduced contrast sensitivity that makes you unable to tell objects from their background
● Starbursts (rays around light sources)
If you experience these side effects, you might find certain activities more challenging. This could include seeing while driving at night or doing activities in a dimly lit area.
Does Cataract Surgery Have Risks?
Like any procedure, cataract surgery with the PanOptix trifocal IOL comes with a few risks. If the IOL is out of place after surgery, you could experience visual distortions. This could occur if the PanOptox trifocal IOL was placed incorrectly or moved in the eye. If the lens rotates in your eye, you could need another surgery to put it back in place.
Your doctor will discuss any further risks with you before cataract surgery. It’s important to be comfortable with the procedure and your surgeon. Ask any questions or concerns you may have about the PanOptix trifocal IOL before the procedure.
What Will Life Be Like After Getting The PanOptix Trifocal IOL?
After cataract surgery, there is a recovery period. Once you have finished recovering, get ready to live your life to the fullest! The PanOptix trifocal IOL will allow you to:
- Use the computer
- Read a newspaper or book
- See restaurant menus
- Arrange the perfect flower bouquet from your garden
- Go antiquing and pick out the perfect new piece for your home
- Take a vacation somewhere new and enjoy the world with clarity
The PanOptix trifocal IOL will give you clear, beautiful vision to see the world around you. The best part?
Patients can see in all lighting conditions, including dim and low light settings! With the PanOptix trifocal IOL you can see the world as it was always meant to be seen, with no restrictions.