Lifestyle Intraocular Lenses

Did you know that you can become much less reliant upon eye glasses after cataract surgery? With Lifestyle Intraocular Lenses (IOLs), you now have the opportunity to correct your astigmatism and gain a range of vision from the distance to close up with less dependency on eyeglasses than ever before! Your Milwaukee Eye Care cataract surgeon can tell you all about your Specialty IOL options when you come in for your cataract evaluation.

Presbyopia

This condition usually becomes noticeable around age 40. If you have presbyopia, you might currently use reading glasses to better-focus on things up close.If you have presbyopia as well as cataracts, there are IOLs designed to help address both conditions at the same time.

Presbyopia Correcting Lifestyle IOLS

  • Multifocal IOLs provide excellent distance vision, just like monofocal IOLs. They also provide personalized near vision so you can focus where you use your vision most while relying on glasses less often for daily tasks, overall.
  • Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs give you a continuous range of high-quality vision: excellent distance and intermediate vision with improved near vision.
  • Trifocal IOLs Milwaukee Eye Care is happy to announce that we offer the first and only FDA approved trifocal lens. The PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is clinically shown to deliver an exceptional combination of near, intermediate and distance vision while significantly reducing the need for glasses after surgery.

Astigmatism Correcting Lifestyle IOLS

Most people are born with some degree of astigmatism — and nearly 40% of people with cataracts would also benefit from astigmatism correction. If you’re one of them, we can address both your astigmatism and cataracts without an additional surgery using a specially designed toric IOL. We offer several astigmatism correcting lens options. These lenses are available in monofocal for clear distance vision, and EDOF for continuous vision.

Cataract Surgeons

Jason N. Edmonds, M.D.
Peter S. Foote, M.D.
Nicholas J. Frame, M.D.
Mackenzie M. Sward, M.D.

Your cataract surgery is a great opportunity to get the vision that’s right for you. Below are links to the lenses our surgeons use and trust to provide clear vision. Each lens is different, just as every eye is different. Your surgeon will recommend the best lens for your individual needs.

Astigmatism Correcting Toric

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Have you been told that you are developing cataracts? Do you also have an astigmatism? You now have an important decision to make prior to cataract surgery! You have the opportunity to upgrade your procedure with the Toric IOL (Intraocular lens). Reduce or even eliminate your dependency on glasses after cataract surgery!

Milwaukee Eye Care is pleased to offer Toric IOLs for astigmatism correction after cataract surgery. Recent advancements in Intraocular Lens technology now make it possible to provide clear vision after cataract surgery to those with astigmatism. If you are unsure you have astigmatism, please consult your doctor at Milwaukee Eye Care at your next visit.

Until recently, patients that were IOL candidates and had astigmatism, had no option built into the lens to correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition. Surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after the insertion of an IOL to correct the complete visual picture. With advancements in the optics of IOLs the manufacturers have now been able to accommodate for astigmatism.

Many patients suffer from this common eye condition known as astigmatism. Often this astigmatism can lead to blurred or impaired vision if it becomes moderate or severe. The cause of the blurred and impaired vision is the result of the eye’s cornea or lens having an irregular shape. A normal eye’s cornea and lens have a circular shape whereas an eye with astigmatism has a longer more oval shape.

Tecnis Multifocal

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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 when better distance and/or near vision is desired. 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. This lens is a good option for patients who do not like the concept of monovision (one eye focused for distance and the other for near) and who want to reduce the likelihood of needing distance, reading or computer glasses after surgery.

“Refractive lens exchange” refers to the removal of the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens when a cataract does not exist. If you are interested in refractive surgery but have been told you are not an ideal patient for LASIK, the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL might be a good option for you. Individuals over the age of 50 are typically the best candidates for refractive lens exchange with the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL. If you have both distance and reading issues or you require bifocals, this might be a better complete vision solution than the much-respected laser vision correction procedure.

Symfony

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The Symfony IOL is an implant which can be used for patients with cataracts and presbyopia – allowing you to see distance and near vision without glasses! This revolutionary IOL is FDA approved for patients over 40 who have cataracts and near vision loss from presbyopia. The FDA approval includes a version of the intraocular implant for those who also have astigmatism. The Symfony Toric intraocular lens is the same as the Symfony Extended Depth of Focus IOL except that the toric version corrects for astigmatism.

Advantages of Symfony IOL

  • The Symfony IOL offers a significant improvement in what we can offer our patients with cataracts and near vision loss due to presbyopia: This intraocular lens is unique in the following ways:
  • Symfony is the the first and only “presbyopia correcting” IOL that provides extended depth of focus
  • Provides extended range of continuous vision
  • Provides better image contrast
  • Lower levels of visual disturbances

PanOptix

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The PanOptix Lens is the newest premium lens offering from the AcrySof family of lenses. The PanOptix trifocal IOL is the only trifocal lens available in the United States. If the AcrySof name sounds familiar, that’s because over 100 million AcrySof lenses have been implanted around the world and counting.

What Makes The PanOptix Trifocal IOL Different From Other IOLs?

With the PanOptix trifocal IOL, you’ll experience vision as it’s meant to be.

  • No blurry zones which mean you’ll never need to strain to focus, no matter what distance you’re looking at
  • Patients who have the PanOptix trifocal IOL report being less bothered by glare when they are around bright lights
  • You’ll see the world with brighter and more vivid colors
  • Your vision will be sharper since the PanOptix trifocal IOL enhances your vision quality and range
  • Sharper vision thanks to the PanOptix trifocal IOL means that you’ll be less likely to need glasses
  • The PanOptix trifocal IOL provides excellent vision in all lighting, including bright lights, dim lighting, low light, and daylight

ReSTOR

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The ReSTOR lens is a premium intraocular lens that is designed to provide a full range of clear vision – distance, intermediate and near – allowing for less dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The ReSTOR lens is implanted in the eye after removal of the natural crystalline lens of the eye, typically for the treatment of cataract, but may be done electively in a procedure called “refractive lens exchange”.

The FDA clinical studies identified that 80% of patients receiving the ReSTOR lens no longer require glasses for any activity. This is a truly revolutionary lens that is a good option for patients who do not like the concept of monovision (one eye focused for distance and the other for near) and would like to reduce the chance of needing distance, reading or computer glasses after surgery.

“Refractive lens exchange” refers to the removal of the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens when a cataract does not exist. If you are interested in refractive surgery but have been told you are not an ideal patient for LASIK, the ReSTOR intraocular lens might be a good option for you. Individuals over the age of 50 are typically the best candidates for refractive lens exchange with the ReSTOR lens. If you have both distance and reading issues or you require bifocals, this might be a better complete vision solution than the much-respected laser vision correction procedure.

How does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL) work?

Different activities require different amounts of focusing. In youth, your eyes are constantly changing focus on objects based on proximity. The ability of the eye to change focus is called accommodation. As people get older the ability to accommodate decreases and reading becomes more difficult. The end result is the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

The ReSTOR lens was specifically designed to correct this problem by focusing light for both distance and near targets. By utilizing an apodized diffractive surface design, the lens is capable of providing multifocal vision. As light passes through the lens it is diffracted, or bent to multiple focal points, by a series of tiny steps on the lens surface.

During U.S. clinical trials, it was found that:

  • 80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they no longer needed glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances.
  • 94% said they could drive and read the paper without contacts or glasses.
  • Nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again.

Crystalens and Trulign

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The Crystalens is the only intraocular lens of its kind. This lens, which made its debut in 2003, is an accommodative lens, which makes it unique among intraocular lenses which provide multifocal vision. Unlike other multifocal lenses on the market (ReSTOR and Tecnis multifocal lenses, among others), the Crystalens™ is a single focus lens which works with your eye’s own muscles in order for you to enjoy vision as you did as a youngster. Crystalens™ has the ability to “accommodate,” or flex, allowing it to focus on distant, intermediate, and near objects. The patented hinged design enables the lens to actually change position to focus at whatever distance your eye is looking.

Crystalens™ can be implanted at the time of cataract removal or during elective “refractive lens exchange” surgery. This lens could reduce your reliance upon glasses or contact lenses. It has the ability to deliver excellent vision at far and intermediate distances, with some patients even achieving good reading vision without glasses. If you are interested in refractive surgery but have been told you are not an ideal patient for LASIK, the Crystalens™ intraocular lens might be a good option for you. Individuals over the age of 40 are typically the best candidates for a refractive lens exchange with the Crystalens™.

If you would like to know more about the Crystalens™ or refractive lens exchange surgery, please feel free to fill out our contact us form, and one of our staff will contact you. The doctors at Milwaukee Eye Care will thoroughly diagnose your vision problems and then educate you on all available specialty lens options prior to making a decision about surgery.

The Crystalens Specialty IOL:

  • Crystalens is the only accommodating IOL in the world. 
  • Crystalens minimizes the use of glasses following surgery.
  • Most of our Crystalens patients do not need to purchase spectacle bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses after their procedure.
  • Crystalens has been FDA approved since November of 2003.
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