Cataract surgeries have been performed for centuries, significant and rapid innovation in surgery advancements has occurred in the past 20 years with Alcon, one of the global leaders in eye care, at the helm.
Modern cataract surgery uses state-of-the-art technology at every step – from diagnostics and surgical instruments for delicate incisions to novel intraocular lens (IOL) materials – all to provide patients with the best possible outcomes.
“Every year there’s something new and exciting in cataract surgery innovation,” says ophthalmologist Dr. French. “Over the years, we’ve seen incredible improvements in the actual material of IOLs, multifocal technology and how the surgery is performed.”
More lens options to provide patients with exceptional clarity
Traditionally during cataract surgery, a standard monofocal lens is selected for patients. This allows them to see clearly at one – typically far – distance, assuming they do not have astigmatism. They generally need glasses to see clearly up close, as well as for the distance if they have astigmatism. Recent innovations in the design and material of IOLs provide patients with the option for exceptional clarity.
Extending vision for patients
In recent years, new categories of multifocal intraocular lenses have been introduced that allow a surgeon to correct presbyopia, the need for reading glasses, as well as cataracts. These revolutionary lenses allow patients to see clearly at multiple distances with less dependence on glasses.
“Most people don’t realize how much of our everyday activity is done at an arm’s length,” says Dr. French. “If you choose a standard monofocal lens for distance so you can drive without glasses, the dashboard area in your intermediate vision will most likely be blurry.”
Extended vision lenses can provide an extended range of vision for distant and intermediate tasks, like driving or using a computer, and offer functional near vision for tasks, like reading a menu or putting on makeup, with less reliance on glasses.
For those who want to see without glasses after surgery, that’s also a possibility. Trifocal lenses can provide clear vision at all distances. It is designed to allow patients to perform daily activities such as reading a book, working at a computer, or ordering from a menu without the need for glasses.
To learn more about your lens options, visit SeeTheFullPicture.ca or speak to your eye doctor.
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