Advanced Technology Lenses
What are advanced technology lenses?
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are permanent lenses placed in the eye after a cataract removal. They improve vision and deliver a clear image. Advanced technology lenses are IOLs that go beyond improvement to correcting astigmatism as well as distance, midrange, and near vision. Many advanced technology lens patients experience significantly less dependence on glasses and contacts after the procedure.
Different types of IOLs
Each type of IOL corrects vision in a specific manner, targeting your pre-existing eye conditions and capabilities. A surgeon will discuss which lens option is best for your specific needs. At Milauskas Eye Institute, we can offer the following options:
- Monofocal IOLs – Improve symptoms caused by the cataract and, depending on your prescription, help improve distance vision. These are basic cataract lenses.
- Toric IOLs – Reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism while greatly improving distance vision.
- Accommodating IOLs – Correct vision by adjusting focus as the patient looks at objects from varying distances. Crystalens® and Trulign® are examples of accommodating IOL’s
- Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs – Provide a more seamless range of vision to help patients see well at distance, intermediate range, and functional near vision. EDOF lenses like the Vivity™ IOL and Symfony® IOL can improve vision and limit glare and halos at night versus a multifocal IOL.
- Multifocal/Trifocal IOLs – Split light into two or three focus points to allow patients a greater range of vision compared to a monofocal IOL. For these advanced lenses, we can choose between ReStor® Multifocal IOL and PanOptix® Trifocal IOL.
PanOptix® Trifocal IOL
Milauskas Eye Institute is proud to offer the PanOptix® Trifocal IOL to our patients. It is the first FDA-approved Trifocal intraocular lens in the USA, described as a “game-changing” lens by many surgeons around the world. PanOptix® provides patients the opportunity to improve distance, intermediate, and up-close vision while reducing their need for corrective lenses after cataract surgery. There is also a toric version to address astigmatism. While no surgical outcome can be guaranteed, we are confident that PanOptix® will provide qualified patients with the greatest visual outcome.
Most patients say they prefer PanOptix IOL to their trifocal glasses. Trifocal glasses require a person to consciously look through an upper, middle, and lower plane in their glasses in order to see distance, intermediate, or up close. These glasses create a limited view through a small window of sight at various distances, often requiring wearers to move their head up and down for proper focus. A PanOptix® IOL is implanted in your eye, so your brain and the inner workings of your eye will focus your vision subconsciously without those limited windows.
Are advanced technology IOLs right for me?
- Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or do you have an astigmatism?
- Do you want to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses?
- Are you scheduled to have cataract surgery in the near future?
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for advanced technology lenses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are advanced lenses covered by insurance?
Advanced technology lenses are considered elective by insurance because they go above and beyond medical treatment. Advanced lenses not only treat the cataract, but they also improve vision beyond a basic surgery and reduce or eliminate your dependency on corrective lenses. If you’re interested in pursuing this option, click to learn more about the financing options we offer at Milauskas.