What Lens Options are Available During Cataract Surgery?

In the past, cataract patients had one option for replacement lenses: monofocal lenses. These intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are still widely used today, can restore clear vision for one distance – typically for long distance vision – but often require patients to wear reading glasses to see up close.

Today, there are so many different options available to actually restore clear vision at all distances! In fact, many of our patients who choose Lifestyle Lens options do not have to wear glasses at all. Read on to learn more about these different Lifestyle Lens options:

  • TECNIS Eyhance™ Monofocal IOL
  • PanOptix® Trifocal IOL
  • Vivity™ Extended Depth of Focus Lens
  • TECNIS® Multifocal IOL

Dr. Matthew Chang explains lens options for cataract surgery in the video below:

TECNIS Eyhance Monofocal IOL

The TECNIS Eyhance™ Monofocal intraocular lens (IOL) is the first monofocal lens designed to slightly extend the depth of focus. This lens can deliver high-quality intermediate and distance vision. It may also provide better image contrast in low light environments. Some patients may still need to wear reading glasses to see clearly up-close.

PanOptix® Trifocal IOL

The Alcon AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal intraocular lens (IOL) is the first and only FDA-approved trifocal lens in the U.S. PanOptix is clinically shown to deliver an exceptional combination of near, intermediate and distance vision while significantly reducing the need for glasses after surgery. Most patients who choose this lens are able to read text messages on their smart phones, work on a computer and even drive without the need for glasses. This is due, in part, to ENLIGHTEN®Optical Technology, a proprietary design that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision.

Vivity™ Extended Depth of Focus Lens

The Alcon AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision Lens is the first and only non-diffractive extended depth of focus intraocular lens (IOL) that incorporates X-WAVE™ technology to stretch and shift light entering your eyes so you can obtain a continuous, extended range of vision. With the Vivity lens, you may not need glasses (even readers) to see clearly at all distances after cataract surgery.

How Vivity Differs from Multifocal IOLs

Multifocal IOLs use diffractive technology to split light entering the eyes into multiple focal points, so your vision with a multifocal IOL may not be as seamless as with the Vivity lens. In contrast, Vivity’s new non-diffractive technology may also provide:

  • Sharper vision in bright and dim lighting
  • Reduction of halos, starbursts or glare
  • Better vision for nighttime driving
  • Protection from damaging UV rays and blue light

The non-diffractive technology allows more patients to be considered good candidates for the Vivity lens. If you have astigmatism, there is a toric version of the Vivity lens that can address this vision problem as well. 

TECNIS® Multifocal IOL

The advanced TECNIS® Multifocal IOL is an implantable lens that significantly improves vision after cataract surgery and corrects presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). Designed to help you regain younger vision and be free of glasses, the TECNIS Multifocal Lens can provide you with high-quality vision at all distances and in all lighting conditions – even in dim light. If you enjoy activities such as reading, boating, quilting, playing golf, sightseeing or surfing the internet, the TECNIS Multifocal Lens allows you to lead an active lifestyle.

  • High-quality vision even in low-light environments; such as reading a menu in a dim restaurant or driving at night
  • Excellent vision for all distances – near, far and everything in between
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 patients never have to wear glasses
  • Over 94% of patients would choose the TECNIS Multifocal Lens again, according to a recent clinical study

Are Lifestyle Lenses Covered by Insurance?

Cataract surgery with monofocal lenses is typically covered by insurance and Medicare. If you choose to upgrade your vision with Lifestyle Lenses, there will be some added out-of-pocket expenses.

Can Anyone Get Lifestyle Lenses?

If you have certain eye conditions or overall health concerns, Lifestyle Lenses may not be the best option to improve your vision after cataract surgery. The only way to know for sure is by scheduling a Cataract Evaluation with one of our specialists. We’ll provide an honest assessment of your unique eye health and recommend the best option for you. 

To learn more about cataract surgery lenses in Colorado Springs, contact us today to schedule a Cataract Evaluation.

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