Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are artificial lenses that are most commonly used to replace cloudy lenses during cataract surgery. Even when a patient does not have cataracts, we can use an IOL to correct common vision problems through a procedure called Refractive Lens Exchange.1 At Virginia Eye Consultants, we offer both standard and premium IOLs for our patients.
Standard, or monofocal IOLs are used to replace a cloudy lens during cataract surgery. As cataract surgery is considered a medical necessity, standard IOLs are typically covered by patients’ medical insurance plans. These lenses can restore clear sight after cataracts and may also correct near or distance vision, but not both. Many of our patients who undergo cataract surgery with standard IOLs will still need to rely on glasses for some tasks.
Premium IOL Options
For patients who wish to reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts, premium IOLs can be used to correct a range of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. We offer a number of options when it comes to premium IOLs:
Astigmatism Correcting IOLs
Toric IOLs can be used to correct astigmatism, a condition where an irregular curvature of the cornea or lens causes distorted vision. We offer both monofocal Toric lenses and multifocal Toric lenses. With a monofocal Toric lens, astigmatism is corrected as well as vision at one distance (near or far). A multifocal Toric lens can be used to correct astigmatism as well as vision at a range of distances.
Presbyopia Correcting IOLs
Presbyopia, or age-related near vision loss, begins to affect everybody at around the age of 40. This is caused by a stiffening of the lens of the eye, which makes it more difficult to focus on up-close objects and tasks like reading. Many people with presbyopia wear reading glasses for close work, but it is possible to correct presbyopia with premium IOLs.
AcrySof® PanOptix® Trifocal Intraocular Lens
This advanced lens utilizes ENLIGHTEN® Optical Technology to optimize vision for a wide range of activities. PanOptix can improve near, intermediate and distance vision, which is an advantage for patients who are seeking to correct their vision at all distances.
Patient satisfaction studies for PanOptix report that over 99% of patients with this IOL would choose it again.2
TECNIS Symfony® Depth of Focus Intraocular Lens
The Symfony lens increases the eye’s depth of focus to provide an extended range of vision. This lens is ideal for patients who have active lifestyles and need to see clearly for intermediate, distance, and some near activities. The Symfony lens has also been shown in clinical research to reflect a low incidence of glare and halo.3
TECNIS Synergy™ Intraocular Lens
The Synergy delivers the widest continuous range of vision, including superior near vision. This lens also provides great image contrast in any lighting. In a recent study, 9 out of 10 patients who had the Synergy IOL no longer needed their glasses after surgery.4
AcrySof® Vivity™ Intraocular Lens
The Vivity lens provides the highest quality of distance vision, along with significantly improved intermediate vision and improved near vision. Six months after surgery, cataract patients who were interviewed about their vision with Vivity lenses reported good or very good distance vision.5
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
If you would like to learn more about improving your vision with premium intraocular lenses, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
*Individual Results May Vary
1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Intraocular Implants (IOLs). Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/iols-intraocular-lens. Accessed January 19, 2022.
2 PanOptix Patient Information. Available: https://panoptix.myalcon.com/cataracts/panoptix-iol/about-panoptix-iol/. Accessed January 19, 2022.
3 Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision. Tecnis Symfony IOL. Available: https://www.jnjvisionpro.com/products/tecnis-symfony%C2%AE-iol. Accessed September 5, 2023.
4 Johnson & Johnson Vision. (May 6 2021). JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION ANNOUNCES THE APPROVAL OF TECNIS SYNERGY™ AND TECNIS SYNERGY™ TORIC II IOLS IN THE U.S. AND TECNIS SYNERGY™ TORIC II IOLS IN CANADA. Available: https://johnsonandjohnson.gcs-web.com/static-files/7715498c-55ce-4492-838c-0ec9ce71224a. Accessed January 19, 2022.
5 Alcon. Vivity. Available: https://panoptix.myalcon.com/cataracts/vivity-lens/. Accessed January 19, 2022.