If you need cataract surgery or have a loved one that’s considering cataract surgery, you may have heard about the PanOptix trifocal IOL. Keep reading to learn more about this revolutionary IOL and if it could be an option for you!
What is a trifocal IOL?
To understand what a trifocal IOL is, you first need to understand what an IOL is. An IOL is an intraocular lens. Intraocular lenses are a crucial part of cataract surgery since they replace the eye’s natural lens.
Why should you care?
When you get a cataract, it makes the natural lens cloudy, which makes it much harder to see out of. This causes visual distortion, as well as blurry vision.
During cataract surgery, the natural lens is replaced with an IOL. You must replace the lens, otherwise, the patient cannot see clearly after cataract surgery.
The IOL takes over the job of the lens and allows patients to see again. Depending on the kind of IOL you get, you may even end up with better vision than ever before. This can mean visual freedom from glasses!
So, a trifocal IOL is a kind of IOL. Before the trifocal IOL, there were several different kinds of IOLs available. These were monofocal, multifocal, accommodating, and toric IOLs.
The most basic kind of IOL is a monofocal IOL, which requires patients to wear reading glasses since it only corrects for one distance. Trifocal IOLs are unique because they correct for all distances.
This includes near, far, and intermediate distances. Even premium IOL options like multifocal, accommodating, and toric IOLs could not do this. They could only correct for near and far away vision.
What makes the PanOptix trifocal lens better than other IOLs?
Since becoming FDA approved in August of 2019, the PanOptix trifocal lens has become THE IOL to have. Besides being able to correct for intermediate vision, there are other impressive reasons the PanOptix trifocal lens is a better choice.
If you want to know how the PanOptix trifocal lens works, why not ask someone who has it? In a clinical study, 129 patients were asked about their experience with the PanOptix trifocal lens.
99% of people with the PanOptix lens would choose the same lens again. 98% of people with the PanOptix lens would recommend it to their family and friends. 80.5% of people with the PanOptix lens reported that within the last week, they never had to wear their glasses to see!
What will my vision be like if I get the PanOptix trifocal lens?
The PanOptix trifocal lens was specially designed to enhance quality as well as range. What does that mean?
It means that your vision will be sharp and vivid in addition to being complete. The PanOptix trifocal IOL aims to provide patients with vision as it’s meant to be!
- You’ll see without blurry zones so you can say goodbye to straining to focus on even the easiest of tasks
- You’ll see in high definition, with brighter and more vivid colors
- You’ll see clearly and with clarity so you’re less likely to need glasses
- You’ll see without being bothered by glare around bright lights
- You’ll see well in ALL lighting conditions even if it’s light or dark outside since the PanOptix lens delivers excellent vision even in daylight, bright light, dim light, and low light
What tasks are best for completing with the PanOptix trifocal lens?
Here’s the beauty of the PanOptix trifocal lens: completing any kind of task with it should be a breeze!
Part of the secret behind the PanOptix trifocal lens success lies in its proprietary ENLIGHTEN Optical technology. ENLIGHTEN uses a focal point of 40 cm for near distance and 60 cm for intermediate distance.
Using ENLIGHTEN allows for a focal point that optimizes for intermediate vision without compromising near or distance vision in the process. Most tasks that are typically performed at a relaxed arm’s length are at a distance of about 60 centimeters away.
This includes tasks like using a computer, seeing the mirror to put on makeup, or reading a menu. The PanOptix trifocal IOL is the only lens design that allows for near and intermediate vision without compromising distance vision.
So what can you do when you have the PanOptix trifocal lens?
- Watch TV
- See a concert
- Drive a car
- Read a menu
- Use a computer at work or at home
- Read a book
- Knit a blanket
- Use your cell phone
The options of what you can do with the PanOptix trifocal lens are almost endless! The better question is, what can’t you do when you have the PanOptix trifocal IOL?
Who is a good candidate for the PanOptix trifocal IOL?
Although this is a revolutionary new IOL, it’s not right for everyone. The only way to know for sure if you are right for the PanOptix trifocal IOL is to schedule a cataract screening at Sugiki Portis Yim Eye Center in Honolulu, HI.
The PanOptix trifocal IOL is only FDA approved for use during cataract and presbyopia procedures. If you’re not familiar with it, presbyopia occurs when the lens loses flexibility due to aging.
Presbyopia is most likely to start in a patient’s forties or fifties. When you have presbyopia, it becomes much harder to focus on objects that are up close.
This is most obvious when you’re trying to read something and need to hold it further away to see it more clearly.
For those with cataracts, the PanOptix trifocal IOL is best if you want to complete tasks at an arm’s length away. This may be most helpful if you work in front of a computer and need to be able to see a screen, or need to see your smartphone.
The PanOptix trifocal IOL is a premium IOL, meaning it is not covered by medical insurance. This is important to know if you are on a budget and considering this IOL.
If you have presbyopia or cataracts, you may be a good candidate for the PanOptix trifocal IOL! Schedule a cataract screening at Sugiki Portis Yim Eye Center in Honolulu, HI to find out if the PanOptix trifocal IOL may be right for you!