Cataract Vision Correction Packages: Lens Options
Premium IOL Package
At the time of cataract surgery, an intraocular lens (IOL) must be placed into the eye to replace your natural lens in order for you to see. Traditionally, a basic IOL was placed at the time of surgery with the expectation that glasses, or contacts would be needed to maximize vision after surgery. At DLV Vision, we offer a range of IOL’s as part of a Premium IOL package that can help improve vision and decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses at the time of surgery. Unlike many surgeons, at DLV Vision, we see each cataract surgery as a unique opportunity to correct your vision to minimize the use of glasses. Each Premium IOL Package offered at our center includes astigmatism diagnosis and correction as well as Laser Vision Correction (LASIK or PRK) at no charge after surgery, if necessary, to maximize your vision without glasses.
Intraocular Lenses (IOL) Available at Dougherty Laser Vision
Softec HD Lens Implant
Softec HD Lens was developed to meet higher patient expectations for higher quality vision.
The Softec HD is manufactured as a bi-aspheric IOL, which improves quality of vision compared to traditional IOL’s. In addition, this lens is one of the most precisely manufactured IOL’s in the world. As a result, the Softec HD comes 0.25 D increments which allow for a more precise vision correction outcome; most IOLs on the market are only available in less accurate 0.5 D steps. Lastly and most importantly, the Softec HD is made of a hydrophilic acrylic material, which studies have shown allows for an increased depth of focus and better intermediate vision without glasses. While the Softec HD will not eliminate reading glasses unless monovision (1 eye set for distance, and 1 eye set for near) is employed, many patients get good intermediate vision in addition to excellent distance vision without glasses.
Find out more about the Softec HD Lens, watch the video below.
Toric Astigmatism Correcting IOLs
The cornea (clear window in front of the eye) on a normal eye has a circular shape whereas, in an eye with astigmatism, the cornea is shaped more like an oval. This oval shape creates 2 points of focus in the eye.
Astigmatism is a common eye condition that affects millions of people and often leads to blurred or impaired vision at both distance and near. With advancements in lens technology, it is now possible to correct astigmatism with Toric lenses that correct astigmatism. The FDA Approved premium Toric lens is a single “vision” lens that is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens.
If you’re looking to release yourself from the dependency of glasses after surgery and you cannot tolerate monovision (1 eye set for distance and 1 eye set for near), you should ask about the options for multifocal lenses to expand your range of vision. Multifocal IOL’s work by using diffraction rings on the lens that optically split the incoming light into distance and near so that you can see both distance and nearby the brain paying attention to the appropriate image.
AcrySof IQ PanOptix
PanOptix Trifocal IOLs to See Near, Intermediate and Far
The PanOptix Trifocal IOL is designed to optimize intermediate vision without sacrificing near or far distance vision, providing many benefits to cataract patients, especially those with astigmatism.
Trifocal IOLs are ideal for patients who enjoy a modern, active lifestyle – indoors and outdoors, from mobile screen to computer screen to TV screen, and other common daily activities. According to recent study data, more than 99% of patients who had a procedure with the PanOptix lens would choose the lens again.
Acrysof IQ Vivity
The Vivity IOL is designed to optimize a high-quality distance and intermediate vision with minimal effect on vision quality. The Vivity IOL is an extended depth-of focus IOL that uses a new, non-diffractive technology called X-Wave that uses all available light to create a continuous, extended range of vision. The Vivity lens is available in a Toric IOL model, so that astigmatism can be corrected at the time of refractive lens exchange. Vivity IOL is a great option for patients who are monovision intolerant and are not candidates of Panoptix IOL (multifocal) due to previous refractive surgery or retinal issues. Vivity IOL is a fantastic lens for distance, intermediate, and some reading but less reading than Panoptix.
Basic Monofocal IOLs
Monofocal IOL’s are lenses that have been used for decades as part of cataract surgery. The advantage of a Monofocal lens it that they allow your doctor to set different ranges of focus. After your consultation, your doctor will suggest setting the distance for near or far vision. Based on the focus setting of your Monofocal lens, a patient will still need to wear glasses for distance vision or reading
glasses for close up. Most cataract patients that choose the Monofocal lens elect to set the IOL’s for distance vision, then relying on reading glasses for close up objects.
Extended Depth of Focus IOL
Symfony IOL/ Symfony Toric IOL
First FDA approved Extended depth of focus (EDOF) lenses on the market are Symfony IOL & Symfony Toric IOL (Johnson & Johnson). Symfony IOL uses diffractive rings to increase the depth of focus. Symfony IOL gives excellent distance vision, intermediate, and some near. Symfony IOL has glare/less halo than a multifocal IOL but patients may still need glasses for reading. Symfony comes in a toric option for patients with astigmatism as well.