No single IOL lens works best for everyone. Only your eye doctor, Dr. Affleck, can determine the most appropriate option for you. He will work with you to help select the right course of treatment. For many individuals this is a Once-In-A-Life-Time-Opportunity! You will want to take the time to investigate, and make an informed decision. Your quest for knowledge all starts with an exam with Dr. Affleck.
UNDERSTAND YOUR IOL CHOICES
To understand your choices you must first understand the function of the natural lenses in your eye being replaced. These important lenses focuses the images in your eyes. This allows you to see objects in the distance, close up and everything in between. Over time or for other reasons your natural lenses becomes cloudy and hard. Your vision is decreased and every day tasks like reading or driving at night may become difficult. Because the natural lenses inside your eyes are no longer doing their job well- They must be removed. They are then replace with an artificial lens called an IOL. Here is where you unlock your once-in-a-life-time-OPPORTUNITY! Your choice of IOL.
One of the most important decisions you need to make about your cataract surgery is your selection of IOL type. You have options like monofocal, monovision and multifocal. These options determines your level of dependency on eyeglasses after cataract surgery. You also have options to correct your astigmatism. Another option is to “fine tune” your outcomes with LASIK. This means for the most part, you have control on how your eyes will achieve 20/20 at all ranges of sight.
THE POWER OF THE IOL REPLACEMENT LENS
The replacement IOL lens will have “power.” This power will work similarly as if you were wearing glasses or contact lenses. However, the correction is permanently inside the eyes on your new implant (IOL).
AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal
AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Family of IOLs are types of multifocal lenses (sometimes called “presbyopia-correcting IOLs”) designed to allow for clear distance, intermediate, and near vision with the potential to be more independent of the need to use glasses for daily tasks.
AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Family includes the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Toric IOLs which correct for astigmatism as well as cataracts.
Patients who have cataracts have, or will eventually develop presbyopia, which is a condition caused by aging that develops when your eye loses its ability to shift from distance to near vision. Presbyopia is the reason that reading glasses become necessary, typically after age 40, even for people who have excellent distance and near vision without glasses. Presbyopic individuals require bifocals or separate (different prescription) reading glasses in order to see clearly at close range. According to Alcon, the maker of PanOptix;
PanOptix is already one of the leading presbyopia-correcting IOLs in more than 70 countries. It is designed for today’s active lifestyles, from viewing mobile devices and computer screens to high-quality distance vision in a range of lighting conditions. The new lens uses ENLIGHTEN®Optical Technology, a proprietary design that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision. Available in spherical and toric designs, PanOptix is built on Alcon’s proven AcrySof IQ IOL platform that has been implanted in more than 120 million eyes globally.
Good News! IOLs do not break down and are designed to last a lifetime
The IOL (Intraocular Lenses) is hydrophilic acrylic. However, because of where the Intraocular lenses is placed the body will not react to it. In other words, it will not cause allergic reactions.
Yes, Choosing this option will usually lead to higher out-of-pocket expenses since most insurance companies only pay for a monofocal (single focus) lens. Call today at 208-523-6868 to find out the charges.
Affleck M.D. Eye Care does take Care Credit. There are some restrictions, but a good options for monthly payment plans. Some plans will have not interested applied if payments are timely.
We also have under insured funds. As us about them.
MULTIFOCAL (multiple focus) IOL
The multifocal IOL Dr. Affleck, offers is called the “PanOptix.” According to an article posted on Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today (CRST), PANOPTIX Trifocal IOL: What do US experts say?
It is an innovative lens and effective when used as intended. It provides exceptional vision at distance, intermediate, and near while preserving contrast sensitivity. Lastly, all of this can be achieved with a single lens, without the complexities of mini-monovision or mixing and matching of PCIOLs.” type of IOL that provides distance vision AND restores some or all of your eye’s ability to focus. It corrects for both distance vision and other ranges, such as near or intermediate.
Sight and the technology to restore it is advancing continuedly. Some of the reasons we can offer these premium lenses are:
Choosing this option will usually lead to higher out-of-pocket expenses since most insurance companies only pay for a monofocal (single focus) lens.
HOW A MONOFOCAL IOL WORKS
How a monofocal works is you choose either the power in the IOL to correct for distance vision and wear separate reading glasses*. Or you have the IOL power correct for near vision and wear separate glasses for distance*. (* These IOLs do not correction for astigmatism. If you have astigmatism you will wear glasses all the time.)
Most insurance benefits will only cover the cost of a monofocal (single focus) IOL. Using this type of IOL is nicknamed, “a traditional” IOL.
Dr. Affleck could implant IOLs with two different powers, one for near vision in one eye, and one for distance vision in the other eye. This combination of a distance eye and a reading eye is called monovision. It can allow you to read without glasses. Many patients who wear contacts or who have had refractive surgery have monovision and are happy with it.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MONOVISION
In order to have good depth perception, your eyes need to be corrected for any refractive problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, and “balanced” for distance. Eye care professionals refer to this as binocular vision. Monovision or “blended” vision can impair depth perception to some extent, because the eyes are not focused together at the same distance. With monovision, the dominant eye is usually corrected for distance, and the non-dominant eye corrected for near. However, a very small percentage of persons may be co-dominant (this is similar to being ambidextrous). In rare circumstances, a person may actually prefer using the dominant eye for near viewing. Normally, Dr. Affleck will discuss this option only if you have demonstrate monovision with glasses or even contact lenses for a length of time.
Your vision is decreased by the cataract, it is not possible to show you exactly what your postoperative vision will be like. If you would prefer not to have to wear glasses for quick tasks like looking at your cell phone, a menu, a computer, or an invoice, then you might be interested in monovision. Most monovision patients will often be more comfortable wearing glasses to balance their vision for prolonged reading tasks or for driving (especially at night), or for sports like tennis or golf, so you will most likely still need to wear glasses even with monovision.
If you have been wearing contacts lens for monovision, you will most likely be happy with this option after cataract surgery. Although many patients will adjust well to monovision, some may find it uncomfortable. For those patients, the monovision can usually be reversed by elective laser vision correction, but this surgery will not be covered by your medical insurance.
Terms & Topics
Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning more than seven decades, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors. Our more than 20,000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with eye care professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care. Learn more at www.alcon.com.
Astigmatism is a common eye problem that can make your vision blurry or distorted. It happens when your cornea (the clear front layer of your eye) or lens (an inner part of your eye that helps the eye focus) has a different shape than normal.
The only way to find out if you have astigmatism is to get an eye exam. Eyeglasses or contact lenses can help you see better — and some people can get surgery to fix their astigmatism. (Click here to read full article )
A cataract is a cloudy area in the natural lens of the eye that affects vision. As a cataract develops, the eye’s lens gradually becomes hard and cloudy allowing less light to pass through, which makes it more difficult to see. The vast majority of cataracts result from normal aging, but radiation exposure, taking steroids, diabetes and eye trauma can accelerate their development. Cataracts are the most common age-related eye condition and the leading cause of preventable blindness. Twenty million people in the U.S. age 40 and older have cataracts. Cataracts are treated by removing the eye’s cloudy natural lens and surgically replacing it with an intraocular lens or IOL. More than 98 percent of cataract surgeries are considered successful, and patients typically can return to their normal routines within 24 hours. Click here to read full article
Quote from Panoptix Official Website (Click here for more information)
WARNINGS/PRECAUTIONS: You may experience and need to contact your eye doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms after cataract surgery: itching, redness, watering of your eye, sensitivity to light. The safety and effectiveness of these IOLs have not been established in patients with eye conditions, such as an increase in eye pressure (glaucoma) or complications of diabetes in the eye (diabetic retinopathy). As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. These risks may include but are not limited to infection, damage to the lining of the cornea, the retinal layer which lines the inside back wall of your eye may become separated from the tissue next to it (retinal detachment), inflammation or swelling inside or outside the eye, damage to the iris (the colored diaphragm around the pupil), or an increase in eye pressure that cannot be controlled by medicine and secondary surgical procedure. There is a possibility that the IOL may be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. This may result in less improvement or a reduction in vision, or it may cause visual symptoms. AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs, AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® multifocal Toric IOLs, and AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Toric IOLs correct astigmatism only when placed in the correct position in the eye. There is a possibility that these Toric IOLs could be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. This may result in less improvement or a reduction in vision because your astigmatism has not been fully corrected, or it may cause visual symptoms. With the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®, AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOLs, and AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision IOLs there may be a loss of sharpness of your vision that may become worse in dim light or in foggy conditions. There is also a possibility that you may have some visual effects such as rings or circles (halos) around lights at night. You may also have trouble seeing street signs due to bright lights or glare from oncoming headlights.
ATTENTION: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Prior to surgery, ask your eye doctor to provide you with the AcrySof® IQ Patient Information Brochure for the lens to be implanted. This Document which will inform you of the risks and benefits associated with the IOL. Discuss any questions about possible risks and benefits associated with your eye doctor.
Multifocal IOL features is when the implant is designed to allow the patient to see clear vision at distance, intermediate, and near. An example of distance is driving, or watching the ball travel in a golf game. An example of intermediate is vision required at lengths like using a computer, or cooking. Near vision examples are reading, knitting and other close activities.
Presbyopia is a common, age-related vision condition in which people have difficulty focusing on things up close. It involves the gradual loss of the eye’s ability to focus on close objects, such as smart phones, computers, books and menus. Almost everyone will experience presbyopia to some degree as they age, with symptoms often first appearing as an individual enters their 40s and continues to worsen into their 60s. In the U.S., an estimated 112 million people experience vision issues due to presbyopia – a number that’s expected to continue increasing. The condition is not a disease, so it cannot be cured; however, there are safe and effective ways to correct presbyopia, including eye glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. Click here to read full article.
Range of vision is the distance between your eyes and the object you are focusing on. The most common terms used for the different ranges are near, intermediate and distance. Near vision are objects close to you and are about 12 inches away. Tasks you preform in your near vision are reading, sewing, drawing and etc. Intermediate tasks you perform are working on the computer, cooking, or tying your shoe. Distant activates may be driving a car, playing golf or going fishing.