Seeing near, intermediate and far—with a single lens.
During your cataract surgery, your natural, cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a new, implantable intraocular lens (IOL).
Prior to the development of multifocal intraocular lenses, the goal for IOL surgery was to restore vision for simple tasks like watching a favorite TV show, driving or other distance related tasks. With standard IOLs, it was still necessary to wear glasses or contact lenses for reading or close work, but the improvement in clarity was still vastly superior to dealing with the blurred vision caused by cataracts.
Advances in the technology of IOL have made it possible to give patients the choice of different multifocal IOLs that correct vision at all distances; far, near and everything in between. Where your grandparents had the choices of bifocal or trifocal glasses, today’s multifocal IOLs provide the same vision correction without the maintenance necessary when relying on corrective glasses or contact lenses.
Types of Multifocal Lens Implants Offered in Los Angeles
There are many multifocal IOLs available to cataract patients but only a few meet our high standards. These lenses not only restore and enhance our patient’s vision but also reduce their need for glasses. These are marketed under the names of Clareon® Monofocal IOL, Clareon® PanOptix® IOL, Clareon® Vivity™ IOL, and Clareon® Toric IOL.
Dr. Shamie and Dr. Hura are now offering an exciting new advancement in advanced intraocular lenses. The Vivity lens provides patients with high-quality distance, intermediate vision, and functional vision close-up thanks to new technology.
What’s Different About Vivity?
- Vivity is designed with a new, non-diffractive technology called X-Wave™. Alcon’s unique non-diffractive technology uses all available light to create continuous, extended range of vision. This means patients experience optimal vision in both bright and dim lighting. Other diffractive multifocal lenses split the wavefront into many separate focal points.
- Vivity offers protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays and filters harmful blue light rays from digital devices.
- One of the disadvantages of other multifocal lenses is that patients often complain about visual disturbances. These include halos, starbursts, and glare after having cataract surgery. Some patients who are more concerned about driving even opt for monofocal lenses because they have a much lower incidence of these post-cataract side effects. The non-diffractive technology in the Vivity lens reduces or eliminates these visual disturbances. This is a major advantage for night driving.
Will I Be Able to Give Up My Glasses With Vivity?
- There is no guarantee that you will never need glasses again, especially for reading small text. Most patients achieve sharp, clear vision for distance and intermediate (computer) work in both bright and dim light.
- Many patients who have Vivity lenses can check a text message on their smartphone or read a menu in a restaurant. You may still need to use reading glasses for some close-up tasks like reading a newspaper or a prescription label.
Can Vivity Correct My Asitgmatism?
- Yes, astigmatism can be corrected at the time of cataract surgery with a special Vivity toric lens, which is specifically designed to correct astigmatism.
Frequently Asked Multi-focal Lenses Questions
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