There are now more choices in lens implants than ever before, and these new lenses can reduce or in some cases eliminate your need for glasses.
We were the first practice to use multifocal lens implants in Bucks County and successfully implanted the "Array" multifocal lens in 1997, almost a decade before the new technology lenses became available in the bulk of ophthalmic offices.
Dr. Mannarino and Dr. Patel are all highly competent ocular surgeons who can evaluate your need for cataract surgery and answer any questions you may have regarding any of these new lenses. Call any of our offices today for an evaluation.
If you are interested in becoming less dependent on glasses after cataract surgery, talk to one of our surgeons to see if you are a candidate. Not everyone is a candidate for these new lenses and we cannot guarantee that you will not have to wear glasses for some activities. Premium lenses are not covered by insurance or Medicare so there is an extra charge for these implants.
Multi-Focal Lens – ReSTOR® Lens
Using apodization, diffraction and refraction technologies, the ReSTOR® lens improves upon ordinary replacement lenses (IOLs) by providing comprehensive focusing capabilities so patients can see clearly in a range of lighting conditions and at all distances — at noon or midnight, nearby or far away, and many distances in between. Up to 80% of patients who use the ReSTOR® lens don’t need to rely on glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
Multi-Focal Lens – Tecnis® IOL
Manufactured by Pfizer Inc., the Tecnis® IOL was designed to provide cataract surgery patients with high-quality vision comparable to that of young people. Its main concern is improving safety with vision correction, as it provides improved night vision and reduction of spherical aberrations, an undesirable scattering of light that is a common side effect of cataract surgery.
The FDA approved the lens as an IOL in 2002. In April 2004 it was approved again, this time as a driving aid. In tests, drivers 65 and older wearing a silicone Tecnis lens were able to recognize objects faster, improving their braking response time by half a second and stopping about 60 feet shorter than drivers wearing traditional acrylic lenses.
Astigmatic Lens – Toric Lens
For patients with cataracts and astigmatism there is the AcrySof® Toric lens, which corrects for both conditions simultaneously. Correcting your astigmatism can provide excellent distance vision without depending on glasses.
Crystalens® is a new cataract replacement lens (IOL) that works naturally with muscles in the eye to retain the eye’s ability to "accommodate" – shift focus between nearby and distant objects – after cataract surgery. It is the first FDA-approved accommodating lens. With other IOLs, patients lose this ability and require corrective measures such as glasses or contact lenses. Crystalens can treat both cataracts and presbyopia.
Unlike rigid lenses, the flexible silicone Crystalens features hinges that allow it to move with the eye’s muscles and accommodate seamlessly, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for vision correction.
The Crystalens is implanted using the same, nearly risk-free cataract surgery techniques as with other IOLs.
Most people with cataracts or who have had corneal refractive surgery and retained good eye health are acceptable candidates for Crystalens implantation, but those who have already had cataract surgery are not. People with eye health problems such as chronic infections or diabetes may not be candidates for these lenses.