As you age your lens cannot keep up with your vision. The first thing you experience with an aging or dysfunctional lens is the loss of accommodation or near vision. This results in the annoying reading glasses or bifocals. As you get older this gets worse and even the clarity of vision decreases (cataract formation). Until recently there was no real surgical solution to address both distance and near vision. Laser eye surgery or LASIK fully corrects distance vision. As good as this procedure is, it does, not however address near vision nor reading. LaserOptix™ is the fusion of two new recent advances in eye surgery: lens surgery utilizing an advanced femtosecond laser (LensX) and implantation of a trifocal intraocular lens (PanOptix).
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The LenSx laser provides patients with computer-controlled precision for their eye surgery. It automates some of the most challenging steps of refractive lens surgery. This femtosecond laser replaces the traditional hand-held blade to optimize all incisions for enhanced, reproducible surgical results.
In traditional non-laser basic lens surgery, the surgeon makes incisions and removes the dysfunctional lens using surgical instruments and blades. However, during laser lens surgery, several of the most critical steps of the surgical process are performed using an image-guided femtosecond laser. This adds a layer of safety and more reproducible outcomes.
Once your natural lens is removed it has to be replaced by an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). These lenses are available with optics that provide patients with a wide range of visual clarity and focusing capability. Our goal is to give you the best overall quality of postoperative vision with the lens that is best suited for your visual needs.
Basic monofocal IOLs provide clear vision with the use of eyeglasses. Most individuals with basic lens implants will need bifocals and/or reading glasses to see optimally far and near. We use basic monofocal IOLs with our basic cataract surgery package.
The PanOptix lens is designed to provide the widest range of vision with minimal, if any, need for glasses or contact lenses to see clearly far or near.
This is the first trifocal lens approved by the U.S. FDA. This lens gives you the best potential for you to see distance, intermediate, and near objects. Most of our patients do not use glasses unless they are reading very fine print. This lens also corrects for any astigmatism that you may have. Reducing astigmatism will further enhance visual clarity. This is the preferred lens for the LaserOptix™ procedure.