Patients undergoing cataract surgery at Rush Eye Associates now have access to a breakthrough ‘trifocal’ lens implant called the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Intraocular Lens (IOL), that recently received approval by the Food & Drug Administration for implantation in the United States. During investigational clinical trials, PanOptix patients were able to enjoy uninterrupted vision at near, intermediate and distance. The results also showed high patient satisfaction with more than ninety-nine percent of PanOptix patients saying they would choose the same lens again.
The PanOptix lens is the first trifocal IOL of its kind capable of delivering a unique combination of near, intermediate and distance vision to patients while significantly reducing your need for glasses after cataract surgery. This trifocal lens implant is designed for patients with active lifestyles who require good vision at all ranges.
This would include everything from viewing mobile devices & computer screens to intermediate and high-quality distance vision in a range of lighting conditions. The PanOptix lens uses ENLIGHTEN®Optical Technology, a proprietary design that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision.
This multifocal IOL is used to focus images clearly onto the back of your eye to allow clear vision after cataract removal. In addition, the center of this unique Trifocal IOL allows for better near (reading) vision and intermediate (computer work) vision versus what a monofocal – or single vision – lens would provide.
Medicare now allows patients to upgrade their vision using advanced lens implant technology like the PanOptix lens. This lens is fully approved by Medicare, but the PanOptix IOL is not covered by insurance. So patients are responsible for the out-of-pocket costs associated with Premium IOL technology like the PanOptix.Download PanOptix® Infographic
How Cataracts Develop
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris (or colored part of the eye) works just like the lens of a camera focusing light images on the retina, which sends the images to your brain.
The human lens, made mostly of protein and water, can become clouded – so clouded it keeps light and images from reaching the retina.
Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause the clouding. But, in over 90% of cases, clouding is caused by the aging process. A cataract is not a “film” over the eye, and neither diet nor lasers will make it go away. The best way to treat a cataract is to remove the old, clouded lens and provide a replacement. A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that used to help you read, or do other simple tasks, no longer seem to help. Unfortunately, cataracts can’t be prevented, but removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens can restore your vision and in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life. The time to have your cataracts removed is when the quality of your vision begins to put limits on your activities and enjoyment of life.
What Is Presbyopia?
When your eyes were young, your natural lens was both transparent and flexible. Because of this, your vision was most likely stable until you reached your forties. Around that time, you may have noticed that you had to hold a menu or a book farther and farther away to read it. Many people end up wearing a pair of reading glasses or bifocals to compensate for this aging of the eye. Others may use mono vision in contact lenses to try to circumvent this difficulty. This condition of not being able to focus up-close with one’s distance prescription is called “presbyopia”, and eventually affects everyone, including those who are nearsighted, farsighted, have cataracts, or had perfect vision most of their life.
The AcrySof® Family of Lenses
Intraocular lenses were first introduced in 1949, and are available today in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and lens materials. AcrySof®IOLs are made of the first foldable material developed exclusively for use in the eye. With more than 21 million lenses implanted, the AcrySof® lens is the most commonly used IOL in the world, since they became available in 1994. Its popularity is largely due to their ability to provide excellent visual results and a high level of patient satisfaction.
At Last! An Opportunity For Visual Freedom
For most patients over the age of 45, life without reading glasses or bifocals is something they either experienced before presbyopia or they just dreamed about for most of their lives. But today, the AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL is turning those dreams into reality with its revolutionary lens technology, which is designed to allow patients to see clearly at all distances without bifocals or reading glasses. The AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL is now available and delivers a high level of glasses-free vision for cataract patients. In the clinical study, 80% of patients receiving the AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL reported that they never wear glasses for any activities. With the AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL they can read a book, work on the computer, and drive a car – day or night – and play golf or tennis with an increased freedom from glasses. In fact, patients were so pleased with their vision, nearly 94% of patients said they would have the AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL implanted again, if given the choice.
The Safest and Most Successful Procedure Performed Today
Cataract (or clear lens) surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and usually requires just a few hours of your time from start to finish. Your eye will be treated with anesthetic prior to the procedure so you’ll feel little, if any, discomfort. First, a tiny self-sealing incision will be made in the eye allowing Dr. Rush to use a small instrument (about the size of a pen tip) to break up or wash away the human lens. Once the cataractous or clear lens is removed, the AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL will be inserted through the same tiny incision and set into its permanent position.
What To Expect After The Procedure
After the procedure, you’ll rest for a short while before you go home. Your doctor will typically examine your eye within 24 hours. You’ll need to use prescription eye drops to guard against infection and help your eye heal. For a few days, you may need to wear a protective shield, especially at night to prevent you from rubbing your eye. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but most patients see well enough to return to most of their routine activities the day after surgery. Once both eyes have been treated, you will fully appreciate the AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL.
Ask Your Doctor If The AcrySof® IOL Is Right For You
As with any surgical procedure there are inherent risks, and your results cannot be guaranteed. Your doctor will provide you with more detailed information about the potential risks and benefits to help decide whether the AcrySof® PanOptix® IOL surgery is right for you.