Laurel Eye Clinic is proud to bring the revolutionary new PanOptix trifocal lens to our cataract patients. The PanOptix trifocal IOL is the first of its kind, providing excellent vision at all distances: near, far, and intermediate.
How Is The PanOptix Trifocal IOL Different Than Other IOLs?
When you undergo cataract surgery, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, or IOL. The traditional IOL used during cataract surgery is called a monofocal lens.
This is a lens that has one uniform refractive power with a single, fixed focus. With a monofocal lens, wearers will still need to use glasses to see.
Premium lenses are an optional upgrade that can provide even sharper vision. Multifocal IOLs provide the wearer with alternating rings of two different refractive powers.
One refractive power is for seeing at a distance, and one refractive power is for seeing up close. This allows the wearer to see at a distance and sharply up close. This eliminates the need for reading glasses.
But the trifocal IOL is different. It doesn’t only allow the wearer to see well up close and far away. It allows them to see clearly at a middle, intermediate distance as well, providing better image quality at all distances.
The PanOptix trifocal IOL provides crystal clear vision at all distances, and in any lighting situation. Other premium IOLs may reduce dependency on reading glasses, but the PanOptix trifocal lens can make a life without glasses possible!
How? In a clinical study, 129 patients with the PanOptix lens were asked about their experience with it. Of those 129 patients, 80.5% reported that, within the past week, they never had to wear glasses to see.
How Does The Trifocal IOL Work?
A trifocal IOL works in a similar manner to a multifocal lens. The lens is composed of alternating rings expanding from the center of the lens.
The difference is that with a trifocal, there are three sets of refractive powers for the rings. One is for near vision, one is for distance vision, and one is for intermediate vision.
The alternating rings train the eye to look through the appropriate ring depending on what the wearer is focusing on. If you focus on something up close, your eye will adjust to see through the ring set to near vision.
The process is seamless and almost instantaneous. There are also several benefits unique to trifocal users, especially those with the PanOptix trifocal lens.
Why Choose The PanOptix Trifocal IOL?
Alcon’s PanOptix trifocal lens is the best lens of its kind, for several reasons. The PanOptix lens is made of a hydrophobic material, meaning it won’t absorb moisture from the eye.
Because the PanOptix trifocal lens is made of a hydrophobic material, this reduces the risk of dry eye. The material also filters out ultraviolet rays and blue light.
This protects your eyes from sunlight and harmful light from electronic screens. For an increasingly digital world, this is an important feature!
The image quality of the PanOptix trifocal is also better than other brands. Other brands tend to give the wearer very sharp middle vision but not-so-sharp close-up vision.
But the PanOptix lens has a focal point of 60cm. This helps the wearer see clearly both up close and at a middle distance. Many PanOptix users don’t even need to wear reading glasses.
With the PanOptix trifocal IOL, you can finally experience vision as it’s meant to be:
• There are no blurry zones so you can see without ever having to strain to focus
• See colors brighter and more vividly
• The PanOptix trifocal lens corrects and sharpens vision, making you less likely to wear glasses
• Experience less glare around bright lights
Who Is the PanOptix Trifocal IOL Best For?
The PanOptix trifocal lens works for many patients. But not every IOL is best for everyone. The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for the PanOptix trifocal IOL is to have a cataract screening at Laurel Eye Clinic.
The trifocal lens offers sharper focus at a greater range of distances than many other IOLs. But it is a premium IOL, which means it does cost some money out-of-pocket.
The standard monofocal lens is usually covered by insurance along with surgery. The monofocal IOL can also be used to create something called monovision.
Monovision occurs when a monofocal lens is placed in either eye, one set to see near and the other for distance vision. It gives the user acceptable intermediate vision but sacrifices how sharp and in focus details look at any distance.
Monovision is often recommended for patients who spend a lot of time on screens since monofocal users see best at a middle distance.
But the PanOptix trifocal IOL is even better for patients who spend a lot of time on screens. This includes working on a computer, reading a menu, and seeing a mirror. What makes the PanOptix trifocal lens so revolutionary is the fact that patients have a full range of vision!
Patients with the PanOptix trifocal IOL have clear, complete vision for all sorts of activities, like:
Seeing Far Away
• Seeing a friend’s familiar face across a crowded room
• Going to see a show or concert
• Driving a car to run errands
• Watching TV on a lazy Sunday
Seeing At Arm’s Length
• Using a computer for work or at home
• Reading a menu at a favorite restaurant
• Seeing the mirror to put on makeup
Seeing Up Close
• Reading a book on a cold winter evening
• Knitting a blanket for a grandchild
• Using a smartphone to send an email
Not only does the PanOptix trifocal lens protect against blue light from screens, but the sharpness of objects viewed at an intermediate distance is even better than it is for standard monofocal users.
This is game-changing for IOLs since before the trifocal lens, screen users had to settle for monofocal IOLs. Why wouldn’t you want an IOL that provides you with fantastic vision if you’re looking at a screen or reading a book?
Considering cataract surgery and want to learn more about the PanOptix trifocal lens? Come to one of Laurel Eye Clinic’s offices for a consultation.
Not only do we offer the PanOptix trifocal IOL, but we have some of the most talented eye doctors and eye care professionals in the area. We will help you choose the best IOL for you! Schedule a cataract screening at Laurel Eye Clinic in Brookville, PA today!