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Patients who suffer from presbyopia resort to reading glasses and bifocals to see objects at near distances. Traditional monofocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) do not correct for presbyopia, so cataract surgery patients will usually need to wear bifocals or reading glasses for near vision after their surgery.
The PanOptix® Lens
At the time of cataract surgery, one option is to enhance your vision with the PanOptix® Lens. The PanOptix® Lens is one of the most advanced IOLs available today and was FDA-approved in the United States in the summer of 2019. It was the first trifocal IOL approved in the USA. As a trifocal IOL, the PanOptix® Lens has the ability to focus over a full range of vision — including for distance tasks, midrange vision, and near / reading. In addition the PanOptix® Lens can also correct astigmatism to permit the greatest vision correction possible. Most patients who choose to have the PanOptix® Lens implanted enjoy a full range of vision after cataract surgery and reduce or even eliminate their need for glasses. In one clinical study, 99% of people with the PanOptix® Lens said they would choose the same lens again given the chance.
Toric intraocular lenses (IOLs) are designed to treat cataract patients who also suffer from astigmatism, a condition where the front surface of the eyeball is not spherical. Astigmatism results in blurry vision both at distance and at near. Toric IOLs work by correcting for both spherical and cylindrical visual aberrations. Spherical aberrations are the cause of common refractive errors such as myopia and hyperopia. Cylindrical aberrations are the cause of astigmatism. These IOLs require very precise angular placement within the eye.