Premium Lens Options
If you are near scheduling for cataract surgery and want a reliable vision correction solution, premium lens implants could be a suitable option. These lens implants are also referred to as “lifestyle lens implants” because they can provide excellent vision, sometimes without the need for glasses. Before determining if these premium lens implants are right for you, it is important to discuss your lens implant options with Dr. Schmidt.
Premium lens implants can offer a wide spectrum of vision including near, intermediate and far vision. These implants have been helping people over the age of 40 and cataract aged patients since they became viable option. Premium lens implants will help give you the freedom of reading a newspaper, driving at night or playing golf without the use of glasses.
AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL
The ReSTOR® lens is a multifocal lens implant that is designed to replace the natural lens of the eye after cataract surgery. Comprised of a flexible plastic material, the ReSTOR® lens has a patented design that allows it to focus light on the retina for clear vision at near, far and intermediate distances. The benefit for cataract surgery patients is a high level of spectacle freedom. The AcrySof ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens has been shown in a clinical study to provide good near, intermediate and distance vision with increased independence from glasses.
Toric® lens implants are a unique type of lens implant that are used to correct astigmatism. If a cataract patient has astigmatism and has aspirations to be glasses free after surgery, the Toric® lens implant is a good option. A Toric® lens implant is NOT the only method of astigmatism correction, so consult with Dr. Schmidt about the possibilities. Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism. The Toric® lens improve the blurred or shadowed images which an individual with astigmatism experiences. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction and special implant lenses.
Crystalens® is an intraocular lens used for the visual correction of adults with cataracts. It corrects vision for all ranges using a hinged monofocal lens that moves within the eye like the natural lens of the eye which may help reduce the need for glasses for distance. Few patients with Crystalens® have experienced glare, halos and night vision problems. Crystalens® focuses only one image to the back of the eye, unlike a multifocal lens that projects multiple images that are not entirely in focus requiring your brain to “adjust” to the differences.
Tecnis® lens is an implant which replaces the natural lens of the eye. It is the only wavefront-designed lens proven to improve your vision in low light environments.
If you have complications with your vision while driving at night, the Tecnis® Aspheric IOL can significantly help to restore your vision. The lens is implanted during cataract surgery. Clinical trials have shown that 4-6 months post-Tecnis® implantation, 84% of patients had 20/20 vision or better, 14% had 20/25 to 20/40 vision and 1% had 20/50 to 20/100 vision.
Planning to have cataract surgery? The Tecnis® Multifocal IOL is designed to provide patients with clear vision at all distances and all light levels. The lens is set to one point (distance or near) which helps to restore vision, eliminate the need for reading glasses and improve vision during night-time driving. Clinical trials have shown that 9 out of 10 patients no longer require glasses after receiving the Tecnis® Multifocal IOL.
Call Hawaii Eye Insitute today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Schmidt can help you choose the most beneficial premium lens for your individualized vision!