If you have cataracts, or if Lasik cannot provide the best correction for your visual needs, you now have more vision correction options. This means you many have some important decisions to make prior to surgery that you were not anticipating, and that's a good thing! With exciting advances in laser technology and implant options, Dr. Herschel may speak to you about femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and intraocular implant options to fit your unique visual needs and lifestyle. Traditionally your surgeon would replace the natural lens of your eye, clouded by the cataract, with a monofocal lens. This lens would correct one range of your vision, typically distance vision, meaning you would still need glasses for near and possibly intermediate distances. Now, advances in vision technology has changed all that. You now have options such as toric lenses (designed to correct myopia or hyperopia and astigmatism), and multifocal lenses (designed to correct distance, intermediate and near vision). We are fortunate to live in a time where we have options to customize how we see now and into the future. These lenses allow people to see at all ranges of distance - near, intermediate or far with eliminated or reduced dependency on glasses or contact lenses. When considering vision correction, remember to ak your doctor about the options now available that allow you to enjoy a full range of vision. Speak to your doctor about your family lifestyle and activities so that together you can decide on the best procedure for your needs. Typically insurance will not pay for "lens upgrades' such as toric or multifocal lenses so there will be some financial responsibility for the patient. Below are examples of the multifocal, toric and accommodating lenses that Dr. Herschel implants. At Herschel Lasik at Magruder Eye, you will have this opportunity to discuss your options during your consultation with Dr. Kelly Herschel. Contact a vision care coordinator at 1-407-894-8081 to learn more.
Are you ready to be free of reading glasses or bifocals? Until recently, this was not an option, but now with the introduction of the Acrysof IQ ReSTOR IOL (Intraocular Lens), the possibility of being free of reading glasses has arrived! This new lens is FDA approved and is giving patients clear vision at all distances…near, intermediate and far!
The Acrysof IQ ReSTOR IOL is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the natural lens, which has become clouded by cataracts. This new lens can provide enhanced vision quality and full range of vision, giving patients and increased independence from reading glasses and bifocals.
Our eyes are continuously focusing on objects at different distances. Whether it be watching television, sitting at a computer or driving, our eyes automatically focus on different things at different distances quite quickly. As we age, the ability for our eyes to change focus, or accommodate, weakens, which leads to the need for bifocals and reading glasses. By combining the strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies, the Acrysof IQ ReStor IOL provides quality near, intermediate and distance vision and increased independence for reading glasses and bifocals.
The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is a premium intraocular lens that is specifically designed to offer both distance and near vision. This lens is typically implanted at the time of cataract removal. It is also sometimes used during an elective refractive lens exchange procedure. The goal in choosing the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is to achieve less dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL brings objects at varying distances into focus using a technology called diffraction. A series of rings on the entire inner surface of the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL focuses the light from objects in our vision at varying distances. This allows for a smooth transition of focus between distant, intermediate and near targets.
The clinical studies supporting the FDA approval of the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL indicate that:
Would you like to be able to be able to read, see at a distance and see everything in between? With the new technologically advanced Crystalens AO, seeing clearly at all distances without the need of reading glasses or bi-focals is now a possibility. The Crystalens AO IOL (Intraocular Lens) is the first of its kind to mimic the contraction of eye muscles to accommodate and focus at near, immediate and far distances. The main difference between the Crystalens AO and other multifocal lenses is that the Crystalens uses technology to accommodate and allow clear vision at all distances, instead of just multiple distances with multifocal lenses, which are divided into zones of vision. It also significantly lowers glare and halos around lights at night compared to multifocal technology.
The Crystalens AO is the first aberration free accommodating IOL; this lens has an elongated shape to help improve contract sensitivity and reduce higher order aberrations that can distort vision.
The Crystalens AO is implanted during cataract surgery and gives patients the ability to see at all distances without the need of reading glasses or bi-focals.
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