AcrySof® ReSTOR® multifocal IOLs can improve the full range of your vision after cataract surgery. These advanced IOLs have revolutionized cataract surgery in that they can help patients see clearly at both far and near distances, potentially reducing the need for bifocals or reading glasses. During the procedure, the cataract is removed and the ReSTOR® IOL will be placed through the same incision. A protective shield will need to be worn for a few days after surgery; however, most patients are able to resume normal, non-strenuous daily routines the day after the procedure. As with all IOLs, any heavy lifting, swimming, frequent bending, and other physical activities should be avoided for about two weeks following the lens implant procedure. Though every individual heals at a different rate, most patients’ distance vision often becomes very good within about a day or two, and near vision typically improves after about one week.
As we get older, beginning around the age of 40, the natural lens inside the eye begins to harden and lose its flexibility. This reduces the eye’s ability to change its focus from near to intermediate, to distance, and back again. This is known as “loss of accommodation” or “presbyopia,” and its earliest symptom is difficulty seeing things up close. Bifocal and even trifocal glasses become necessary for some people to see clearly at all distances. As the natural lens of the eye continues to deteriorate, it starts to become cloudy or brown. Vision becomes blurry, and colors lose their brilliance.
Until recently, patients undergoing lens implant surgery received a monofocal, or single focus IOL. Monofocal IOLs implanted in both eyes generally provide excellent distance vision, while patients often need spectacle correction for near and intermediate vision. The Tecnis® Multifocal IOL is an advanced lens implant that can accommodate for a range of distances. Available in two separate models, this innovative lens option has concentric rings that split light between different distances (as opposed to the flexing design of the Crystalens®), enabling patients to see clearly at both far/intermediate or far/near ranges. It can often be beneficial for those who have refractive lens exchange procedures, as well as cataract surgery patients with or without presbyopia.
The Tecnis® Multifocal lens is designed to not only reduce the effects of presbyopia, but also to help patients clearly focus at a range of distances even in low-light conditions. In fact, the Tecnis® Multifocal lens has proven so effective, many patients report that their need for eyeglasses has been significantly reduced or even completely eliminated.
If you suffer from poor vision, or think you might have a cataract, you should make an appointment to have a complete eye examination. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for the Tecnis® Multifocal IOL, you will be given additional information about the possible risks, complications, and costs involved with the procedure. Be sure to have all of your questions answered before giving your consent to have surgery.
The Crystalens® Lens Implant is a revolutionary new breakthrough in vision enhancement. This intraocular lens (IOL) replacement option focuses like the eye’s natural lens, allowing for continuous vision up close, far away and all distances in between. By using the eye’s muscle to move the lens backwards and forwards naturally in response to the brain’s desire to see at different distances, Crystalens® enables the eye to focus continuously and seamlessly through a range of distances. Patients experience the same vision they had when they were younger, for most without the inconvenience of corrective lenses. However, it is important to note that not everyone will gain 20/20 vision at all distances after this procedure. It is also important to point out that even after having this procedure, you still may not be able to read or focus on objects in low light. As we get older, we lose our ability to focus on objects under these conditions. Our health and the health of our eyes will also determine the outcome of any type of refractive surgery.
The Crystalens® implant procedure is a safe and proven refractive technique performed in an outpatient surgical facility. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes and is pain free. The Crystalens® implant is inserted in place of the original lens. A small incision allows for quick healing.
The Crystalens® procedure is normally performed first in the dominant eye. The surgeon will wait two weeks before inserting the second implant to assure the proper balance for reading and distance vision is achieved with both eyes.
The Crystalens® is ideally suited for patients who want to not only restore clarity in their vision, but also enhance their intermediate and distance vision. Almost anyone who has cataracts is a candidate for the Crystalens® procedure if they are healthy and do not have any serious eye diseases. You may be a candidate even if you have had previous refractive surgery. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure is to have a consultation with our center. Please call 858.455.6800 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
The Trulign™ intraocular lens is what’s known as a Toric lens. Like the Crystalens®, this advanced IOL can replace the eye’s natural lens after cataract removal and offers patients the ability to see clearly at a range of distances. One of the things that makes the Trulign™ IOL unique is that it is an accommodating lens implant that can also correct astigmatism. The Trulign™ IOL can provide you with a much more comprehensive range of vision than you would get with a standard monofocal lens. This option makes it possible for you to significantly improve your vision after cataract surgery and potentially enjoy better vision than you had before the cataract even developed. Many patients who have had a Trulign™ IOL procedure have dramatically minimized their dependence on eyeglasses to see at near, far, or intermediate distances.
For more information on our premium IOLs, or to schedule a consultation with one of our cataract surgeons, please contact us today.