Lifestyle Lens Options
Texas Eye and Laser Center in Fort Worth and Hurst offer the latest technology in Lifestyle Lenses. The advances in intraocular lens (IOL) technology have made it possible to dramatically increase a patient’s ability to see after cataract surgery. Previously, lens implants were only traditional, meaning that the lenses could only allow people to see at one distance, either near, intermediate, or far. With traditional lens implants cataract patients required glasses after surgery. Now, with premium lens implants like Crystalens®, tecnis® IOL, and Acrysof® ReSTOR cataract patients are able to greatly reduce or even eliminate their dependence on glasses!
How do Multifocal IOL’s Work?
Our eyes are always adjusting and constantly focusing on objects up close, far away, and in between. The ability for our eyes to change focus from far away to up close is called accommodation. As we get older this ability decreases, and we become dependent on bifocals or reading glasses, this is called presbyopia. LifeStyle lens implants are designed to provide quality vision at a range of distances by combining the strengths of different technologies.
Tecnis Symfony® Lens Implant
The groundbreaking Tecnis Symfony IOL represents the first and only Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOL, a brand new category of presbyopia-correcting cataract lens, to receive full FDA approval in the United States. It provides patients a FULL RANGE of continuous high-quality vision while also minimizing the effects of presbyopia by helping patients focus at near. Another unprecedented feature of the recent FDA approval includes a Toric version of the lens – the Tecnis Symfony Toric IOL – for patients with astigmatism.
In summary, the revolutionary Tecnis Symfony lens:
- Provides continuous, full-range vision. Patients can see objects clearly at near, intermediate and far away distances, and points in between.
- Yields high-quality vision. Patients with Symfony IOL report a high level of visual quality.
- Demonstrates “non-inferiority” in terms of halo and glare, day-and-night. FDA clinical trials show that patients with Symfony IOL notice no worse halo or glare as compared to standard monofocal IOLs in any lighting environment.
- Corrects astigmatism. Patients’ pre-existing astigmatism will be corrected by Symfony IOL without the need for additional surgeries on their corneas.
- Offers Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF). Patients benefit from a completely new category of presbyopia-correcting IOL technology
Tecnis Multifocal® Lens Implant
With the Tecnis Multifocal Lens, patients can experience vision at virtually all distances, even up close with little to no dependency on glasses. This works through the lens’ amazing ability to evenly distribute light between near and distance and performs regardless of pupil size or amount of light received. The lens is designed to improve vision after cataract surgery and correct presbyopia, limiting the need for any reading glasses. The lens performed amazingly well for the majority of patients who had been implanted bilaterally in a recent FDA clinical study, with 96.4% reporting improved vision and the ability to see comfortably both near and far without glasses.
Alcon Acrysof Toric® Lens Implant For Astigmatism
For many years, cataract patients who suffered from mild to severe astigmatism did not have a lens option to correct blurred vision after cataract removal. That all changed with the development of the Alcon Acrysof Toric® Lens Implant, which is able to actually correct astigmatism and provides improved visual acuity results. With the advancement in lens implant technology, even high levels of astigmatism can now be corrected during the cataract removal procedure. The Alcon Acrysof Toric® Lens Implant is astigmatism correcting, but may not correct both near and far vision, so reading glasses may still be required from time to time.
Toric Lens Implants are special astigmatism correcting Lifestyle Lens Implants. During cataract surgery, surgeons sometimes make limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) in the eye to attempt to correct astigmatism. However, if a Toric Lens Implant is placed in the eye instead of a standard monofocal lens, then both the cataract and astigmatism can be corrected without any added surgical steps!
Choosing a Toric Lens does add a certain amount of out-of-pocket expense to the cost of cataract surgery, but Texas Eye and Laser Center offer a number of no-interest and low-interest financing options for our comprehensive eye care services to make the Toric Lens Implant affordable on any budget.
Alcon Acrysof Restor® Lens Implant
With the ReSTOR® lens, more than 97% of patients have reported being able to see distance (road signs) and near objects (newspaper, computer screen) with no difficulty. The ReSTOR® lens is not dependent on the muscles or the mechanics of the eye to provide clear vision and is able to deliver consistent results by acting as two lenses in one. This is the lens for patients who wish to reduce or eliminate glasses, even for reading, after cataract surgery.
It is important to select the right lifestyle lens implant to meet your specific vision needs. One of our experienced Texas Eye and Laser Center surgeons in Fort Worth and Hurst will discuss the premium lens options available.