An intraocular lens (IOL) is a tiny, lightweight, clear plastic or silicone disc placed in the eye during cataract surgery. An IOL replaces the focusing power of the eye’s natural lens.

Your eye’s natural lens plays an important role in focusing images on the retina. When a cataract develops, the lens loses its clarity. Light rays cannot focus clearly, and the image you see is blurry. Eyeglasses or contact lenses usually can correct slight refractive errors caused by early cataracts, but they cannot sharpen your vision if an advanced cataract is present.

The only treatment for a severe cataract is to remove the eye’s natural lens and replace it with an IOL. Intraocular lenses offer many advantages. Unlike contact lenses, which must be removed, cleaned, and reinserted, the IOL remains in the eye after surgery.

An IOL may be implanted either in front of or behind the iris. Behind the iris is the most frequent placement site. IOLs can be made of hard plastic, soft plastic or soft silicone. Soft, foldable lenses can be inserted through a small incision, which shortens recovery time following surgery.

The rapid evolution of IOL designs, materials, and implant techniques has made them a safe and practical way to restore normal vision after cataract surgery. At Florida Eye we utilize several Premium IOLs.

TECNIS Synergy™ IOLs

TECNIS Synergy™ IOLs not only address presbyopia as part of cataract surgery, but the lens also allows you to see a continuous range of high-quality vision, which may reduce your dependence on glasses. A range of vision that’s as dynamic as your life. From working on computer screens to reading in low-light, our vision needs change from moment to moment. What if you could see clearly from distance to intermediate to near, day and night?

TECNIS Synergy™ IOLs not only address presbyopia as part of cataract surgery, but the lens also allows you to see a continuous range of high-quality vision, which may reduce your dependence on glasses. A range of vision that’s as dynamic as your life. From working on computer screens to reading in low-light, our vision needs change from moment to moment. What if you could see clearly from distance to intermediate to near, day and night?

With TECNIS Synergy™ IOLs, you can see the widest range of continuous vision with best near day and night, while addressing your cataract (with or without astigmatism).

TECNIS Eyhance IOL

Innovation in the Monofocal IOL Category

Today most lenses in the monofocal category only correct vision to help patients with cataracts see things at a distance, and thus do not improve the intermediate vision that is required for many important daily tasks. To better meet the needs of today’s patient, Johnson & Johnson Vision introduces TECNIS Eyhance IOL, the first monofocal IOL in Europe to provide high-quality intermediate and distance vision. TECNIS Eyhance IOL allows patients to achieve significantly improved intermediate vision, compared with a standard aspheric monofocal IOL, along with 20/20 distance vision.

Achieving High-Quality Vision for Living

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PanOptix® IOL Trifocal Lens

No two patients are exactly alike, but with the Alcon AcrySof® IQ IOL family, we can give our patients choices with excellent outcomes distinctly suited to their lifestyles. Three different types of implantable lenses are designed to meet a patient’s individual eye health and needs, and each lens delivers a full range of the sharpest vision, enhanced functionality and long-term sustainability.

The advanced PanOptix® IOL Trifocal Lens is an implantable lens that restores vision after cataract surgery and corrects presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). The lens 99.2% of patients would choose again.

It delivers results superior to those of a standard multifocal lens and offers an excellent chance to become spectacle independent.

Exceptional Full Range of Vision

Compare the following images.

In the first image, which demonstrates vision with the Trifocal Lens, you can see the coffee cup up close, the dashboard at intermediate, as well as road signs in the distance — all clearly.

demonstrates vision with the Trifocal Lens, you can see the coffee cup up close, the dashboard at intermediate, as well as road signs in the distance — all clearly.

Now, compare the second image. This image demonstrates what you might see with a monofocal lens. Although the intermediate and distance vision is clear, notice how the coffee cup is now blurry.

demonstrates what you might see with a monofocal lens. Although the intermediate and distance vision is clear, notice how the coffee cup is now blurry.

Nighttime Driving

Immediately after surgery, some patients may notice rings around lights when driving at night. However, as the eye adjusts to the lens, the visual impression of rings may lessen or go away over time.

Am I a Candidate?

If you are diagnosed with cataracts and are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for the Trifocal lens:

  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty seeing close objects
  • Difficulty seeing to drive, especially at night
  • Changing glasses prescriptions
  • Needing bifocals

The traditional lens will give you good vision for seeing objects in the distance, such as when driving. For near or intermediate vision, such as reading or surfing the Internet, you will typically need to wear glasses.

TORIC Lens

While a standard IOL can improve your vision by replacing your eye’s cloudy natural lens. If you have astigmatism you may still need glasses or contacts to see clearly. However, depending upon your priorities and lifestyle, your doctor may recommend a premium toric IOL, such as the TECNIS® Toric 1-piece IOL. Its advanced design replaces your cloudy natural lens with the cataract, while it also corrects your astigmatism. This option typically provides patients crisp, clear vision with much less reliance on glasses for distance vision. However, after surgery, you may still need glasses to ensure optimal near (reading) vision.

MULTIFOCAL Lens

These types of lenses are designed to be able to provide patients the ability to see objects clearly at different distances without glasses—near, far, and in between. The lens material distributes light to different distances, which the eye can focus on for sharper vision. For people who are active and find wearing glasses inconvenient, a PanOptix® IOL can be the optimal choice.

Lenses with the most advanced technological innovations are designed to give patients independence from glasses. For example, the PanOptix® IOL lens is intended to give people high-quality vision in a range of light conditions, including low light situations, such as driving at night and reading a menu in a dimly lit restaurant.

Some patients may notice rings or halos around light when driving at night right after surgery. But over time, the visual impression of these rings typically lessens or goes away, as your eye and brain adapt to the lens.

Premium Lens Comparison

AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision Family of IOLs

At the time of cataract surgery, you can opt for the AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Lens, which provides a greater range of vision than a standard monofocal lens. The AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Lens allows you to see clearly at the crucial far and intermediate distances while still providing functional near vision.

Astigmatism-Correcting Lenses

Free Yourself From Cataracts and Astigmatism in One Procedure

Do you have both cataracts and astigmatism? Astigmatism is a common condition that usually occurs when the natural surface of your eye is misshapen. If you have astigmatism, chances are you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses for much of your life.

Today’s technology means you can treat both cataracts and astigmatism at once during cataract surgery. During surgery, your surgeon replaces the cataractous lens in your eye with a new lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). You can choose an IOL that can treat astigmatism as well as cataracts, allowing you to enjoy more activities with reduced dependency on glasses, including playing golf and driving a car.

The astigmatism correcting lens can greatly reduce or even eliminate your need to wear glasses for clear distance vision, though you will likely still need glasses for reading.

A Basic Option for Correcting Cataracts

If you’d like to treat your cataracts but don’t need or want to correct other vision problems, such as presbyopia and astigmatism, then a monofocal lens could be a good fit for you. Monofocal lenses are designed to significantly improve visual clarity and quality,1 though you’ll still have to wear glasses or contact lenses.

Experience the Freedom of Vision at All Distances

Imagine driving with more confidence. Or golfing without losing sight of the ball. From reading to playing tennis to playing bridge, you can experience clear vision at near, intermediate and far distances with the help of multifocal lenses.

When you opt for cataract surgery with multifocal lenses, you’re opting for the opportunity for freedom from both cataracts and presbyopia, a condition that makes it difficult to focus on objects that are close to you as the lenses in your eyes lose flexibility with age.

Multifocal lenses can even help you reduce your dependency on glasses. In fact, four out of five recipients reported never wearing glasses after having the lens implanted in both eyes. Read more.

TECNIS® SYMFONY® Extended Depth of Focus IOL

Mitigate the effects of prebyopia while delivering brilliant, continuous vision. Address both presbyopia and astigmatism while delivering continuous vision.

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears. Please make sure that you witness all the wonder and beauty that life has to offer by having your eyes cared for regularly — no matter what your age!

Heraclitus of Ephesus (Greek philosopher 540-480BC)

By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, but what many people don’t realize is that babies, children and just about anyone can develop cataracts.

Dr. Barry Schechter, M.D., F.A.A.O., Director of Cornea & Cataract Services External Diseases & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. In addition to cataract, your eye doctor can check for signs of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other vision disorders. Early treatment for many eye diseases may save your sight.


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