Cataract surgery utilizing the implantation of a standard intraocular lens (IOL) is the most basic procedure.
Standard Lens Implants
During cataract surgery, the eye’s cloudy lens is gently removed and replaced with a clear single-distance lens implant. The new lens is generally only effective for distance vision (as shown in the photo above). Glasses will generally be needed for near and intermediate vision, meaning that these patients will likely need to wear glasses to see a television screen clearly or read small print, but the cloudiness and yellowing and loss of colors in their vision will be corrected.
Premium Lens Implant Options
Cutarelli Vision with locations in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Boulder is excited to offer the Panoptix Lens Implant, developed by Alcon Pharmaceuticals. This revolutionary lens implant may not only help patients see better but live a better quality of life.
The Alcon Panoptix intraocular lens is the first multifocal lens approved by the FDA. This lens allows patient undergoing cataract surgery, to see near, in the distance and even at close with little or no dependence on glasses or contact lenses. In a recent survey, 99% of Panoptix recipients said they would choose the same lens implant again, and 98% said they would recommend it to a friend or family member.
The PanOptix Lens is designed to give patients a full range of vision, with minimal nighttime glare/and or halos associated with similar lens implants of the past. This lens is an excellent option for patients wishing to be spectacle independent, especially if they drive at night.
Alcon IQ Vivity IOL
The Alcon IQ Vivity lens, enables high-quality distance and intermediate vision, and functional close-up vision, with minimized nighttime glare. Unlike traditional lens that only allow patients to sometime see well with uncorrected vision in the distance, this lens allows for better distance and arm’s length vision. The Vivity lens implant also gives patients good near vision, however reading glasses are sometimes required, especially for dimly lit settings such as a restaurant or small print. This lens is an excellent option for patients that drive at night, or spend a lot of time in bright outdoor settings. Cutarelli Vision, Colorado’s leader in LASIK and Cataracts is proud to offer Vivity lens implant technology to its patients in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Boulder and throughout Colorado.
At Cutarelli Vision, we offer our patients the Symfony IOL by Johnson & Johnson, which allows patients undergoing cataract removal to reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses of bifocals. Unlike other multifocal IOLs, the Symfony lens gives patients an extended or elongated range of vision. The Symfony lens is also designed to reduce glare and halos, providing improved night vision. With Symfony, patients have clearer vision at all distances.
Alcon AcrySof® Toric for Astigmatism
The latest in a long line of IOL innovations from Alcon, the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL takes the most trusted platform for precise astigmatism correction and adds the enhanced image quality of an aspheric lens, taking the toric IOL to a whole new level. Cataract patients with astigmatism who want corrective lens independence after surgery may prefer having a Toric lens implant. The Alcon AcrySof Toric lens corrects both the cataract and astigmatism, resulting in greater visual results. The Toric lens implant cannot correct presbyopia. Bifocals or reading glasses may be required for computer use or reading.
The good news is that lens implants last a lifetime. The vast majority of people are pleased with their lens implant after cataract surgery, regardless of which lens they choose. These lenses are FDA-tested and have a sterling reputation of producing excellent results.