Vision After Cataract Surgery

Choosing The Vision You'll Enjoy for the Rest of Your Life

You Have Vision Choices

Choosing to move forward with cataract surgery is an easy conversation between you and your doctor.  The more detailed conversation is what type of vision you want after surgery.  You have options for lens replacement.  You might choose to replace your clouded lens with a traditional single-focus (monofocal) lens or prefer a multi-vision lens implant that provides a fuller range of vision (multifocal lens).

Traditional monofocal implants provide clear vision at a single focus point, usually set for distance. Newer advanced lens implants provide a fuller range of vision, improving how well you see without glasses at near, intermediate and distance. Most patients choose a multifocal lens because they’d like to be free of glasses most of the day.

Understanding Lens Implants

CORRECTING DISTANCE VISION WITH A SINGLE-FOCUS LENS

A monofocal or single-focus lens is designed to provide clear vision at a single focal point – usually distance. This means you will be able to see objects far away, but will need glasses for reading and close, detailed work. However, if you have astigmatism, a monofocal lens will not fully correct distance vision and you will usually need glasses for all distances.

 

CORRECTING ASTIGMATISM

Astigmatism is a common condition where your eye is out-of-round, shaped more like a football than a basketball. Your vision is potentially affected by two types of astigmatism — corneal and lenticular — and we can correct both with advanced astigmatism treatments.

Studies show that 40% of patients who have lens replacement surgery also need to correct astigmatism in order to achieve their best vision. There are two ways we correct astigmatism during lens replacement. The most advanced method uses a Toric lens implant. For those patients who suffer from astigmatism so pronounced that they are outside the power range of the Toric lens, we recommend a combination treatment of lens replacement and relaxing incisions that delivers both improved vision and astigmatism correction.

 

FULL-RANGE VISION WITH MULTIFOCAL IOLS

Traditional lens replacement provided only one focal point — usually distance — leaving you dependent upon reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery. Recent advances in multifocal technology now make it possible for you to read magazines, newspapers, tablets and phones, without magnifying glasses or bifocals.  These still allow you to see objects at mid-range like the dashboard of your car or your food clearly, while enjoying crisp distance vision for day and nighttime driving.

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Multi-Vision Lens Implants

As we age, our vision can seem to fail.  We need more light, we hold things further away, nighttime glare or the inability to focus up close may cause us to give up driving or favorite hobbies.  Many think this is simply an unfortunate part of aging.  However, multi-vision lens implants have allowed people to turn back time, truly and permanently.

PANOPTIX TRIFOCAL

The PanOptix lens uses a proprietary design that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision.  By maximizing the light that reaches the retina, it reduces light scatter and the side effects caused by this older technology.  In addition, the lens power is set at a intermediate focal point which is well suited to those requiring great vision for computer use, phones and reading.

ACRYSOF  VIVITY

The Vivity lens is a continuous-range-of-focus lens that provides more natural vision through its novel optical technology.  Called X-Wave, this technology achieves smoother vision transitions by stretching and shifting light as it enters the eye, rather than splitting light as other lens implants do. Optimization of all available light improves vision quality, resulting in excellent distance vision, sharp intermediate vision, and good quality near vision.

TECNIS MULTIFOCAL

The TECNIS multifocal lens uses concentric zones to create fuller-range vision. Manufactured by Advanced Medical Optics, the Tecnis lens offers patients high-quality day or night fuller-range vision. Its unique design gives patients superior near vision and rapid reading speed.

TECNIS SYMFONY

TECNIS Symfony uses the same materials and overall design as the TECNIS multifocal IOL, but provides an extended depth of focus (EDOF) when implanted in both eyes. The Symfony also has astigmatism correction directly engineered into the lens, allowing an unparalleled level of vision clarity and crispness at mid-range through distance.

PanOptix, Vivity, Tecnis and Symfony Multifocal IOLs are proven to improve near, intermediate and distance vision in FDA clinical trials. They each provide excellent vision quality to those weighing the importance of multiple focus points without glasses in daily life.

Dr. Harvey will discuss which lens will best match your needs during your Lens Implant Evaluation.

Complete Confidence

Dr. Harvey is an extremely competent ophthalmologist, very positive and easy to talk to, which gave me complete confidence that the surgery would go well. 

Independent Vision Group
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2020-09-08T23:45:35+00:00
Dr. Harvey is an extremely competent ophthalmologist, very positive and easy to talk to, which gave me complete confidence that the surgery would go well. 

Highly Recommend

The Independent Surgery Center has friendly staff that help get you through the short procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Harvey for cataract surgery.
Independent Vision Group
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2020-09-09T03:20:24+00:00
The Independent Surgery Center has friendly staff that help get you through the short procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Harvey for cataract surgery.

In Good Hands

My mother had cataract surgery by Dr. Harvey, and was pleased with how smoothly everything went. She felt safe and in good hands. The part she remembers the most is how Dr. Harvey sang to her during the surgery.

Independent Vision Group
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2015-09-28T18:30:16+00:00
My mother had cataract surgery by Dr. Harvey, and was pleased with how smoothly everything went. She felt safe and in good hands. The part she remembers the most is how Dr. Harvey sang to her during the surgery.

Outstanding Results

Dr. Harvey took great care removing my cataracts with outstanding results. I had been living with reduced eyesight for many years, and my sight in both eyes is now close to 20/20.

Independent Vision Group
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2015-09-28T18:35:08+00:00
Dr. Harvey took great care removing my cataracts with outstanding results. I had been living with reduced eyesight for many years, and my sight in both eyes is now close to 20/20.

Surgical Excellence

Dr. Harvey's team strives to achieve excellence in every aspect of the surgical process, from the preliminary evaluation to the last post-op visit.

Independent Vision Group
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2015-09-28T18:35:27+00:00
Dr. Harvey's team strives to achieve excellence in every aspect of the surgical process, from the preliminary evaluation to the last post-op visit.
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