Intraocular Lens (IOL) Options in San Antonio, TX
At Parkhurst NuVision, it’s important that we treat every patient as a guest, providing a concierge-style patient experience to which no other provider in the area can compare. But our beautiful office and experienced team aren’t the only things that set us apart.
When it comes to laser cataract surgery, we give our patients the ability to choose how they want to see after surgery, using our selection of advanced IOLs to make their post-operative preferences a reality.
What Is an Intraocular Lens (IOL)?
When you have cataract surgery, the “cataract” — your eye’s cloudy lens — is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This is an “IOL”. The earliest versions of the modern IOL date back to World War II, but the last few decades have brought a flurry of innovation, and today, there are more options than ever!
The result of all this advancement is that now, the laser cataract surgery Dr. Parkhurst and his team performs can give us the ability to provide virtually any post-surgical vision quality and range that you could imagine.
Different Types of IOL
We know that everyone has different goals for their vision after a lens replacement, but with the right lens, anything is possible. Here are some of the options we have at our disposal, including many available in toric varieties for patients with astigmatism:
- Single-Vision/Monofocal IOLs
- Multifocal (Bifocal) IOLs
- Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs
- The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL
Monfocal lenses are also known as “standard” lenses, capable of correcting vision at a single distance. Monofocal IOLs are a perfectly adequate option and are usually covered by your health insurance or Medicare once your cataract progresses to a certain point.
However, these lenses can only correct vision at one distance, and depending on your vision before surgery, you’ll likely need to wear standard corrective eyewear and/or reading glasses to enjoy a full range of clear sight.
Multifocal (Bifocal) IOLs
Multifocal lenses are “premium IOLs” that correct vision over multiple distances. By focusing different areas of the lens on different distances, these IOLs enable clear vision both close-up and far away.
Most multifocal IOLs are bifocals, which means that they have two different areas of focus in different parts of the lens. As a result, “medium-distance” activities like cooking or working on the computer may require eyewear to improve the ability to see clearly.
Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs
Advancement in lens technology has led to the development of the extended depth of focus (EDOF) lens, intended to provide a smooth transition between vision over intermediate to long distances. These lenses are best for people who don’t need to do as much close-up focusing in their career or lifestyle or people who do a lot of nighttime driving.
Because EDOF lenses don’t correct near vision, reading glasses will typically still be required to read the newspaper, restaurant menus, and words on your phone screen.
The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL
Trifocal IOLs are the latest advancement in artificial lens technology, and the premier variety — and only trifocal approved by the FDA — is the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL.
This lens is the best of the best if you’re looking to reduce your dependance on glasses entirely! By correcting across close, mid-distance, and far vision, this lens is able to provide sharp, crisp vision quality, perfect for most careers and active lifestyles.
If you choose the PanOptix® for your laser cataract surgery with us, you can go into your procedure knowing that the next time you get in your car for a long road trip or want to play a round of golf, you’ll have little-to-no issue seeing the world around you in clear, vivid detail!
Wondering About the Light
Adjustable Lens (LAL)?
We frequently get questions about the light-adjustable lens (LAL), a first-of-its-kind IOL that involves a two-step process: it’s placed during surgery and then locked in using controlled UV light.
At Parkhurst NuVision, we take pride in staying up to date with the latest advancements in our field. While the light adjustable lens has some exciting prospects for the future of cataract surgery, we don’t think it’s ready yet. We can have greater control over our patients’ post-surgery vision using our current laser platforms and lens options. If you truly want to see clearly over all three distances, the PanOptix® trifocal lens is the best option offered right now.
Choosing the Right Lens Implant at Parkhurst NuVision
It’s our mission to provide optimal outcomes and excellent patient experiences with our cataract surgery, and our range of IOLs allows us to further customize your experience. Our surgical team is led by Gregory Parkhurst, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained cataract surgeon who’s been nationally recognized for his work in laser cataract surgery.
Our cataract surgery team has thousands of successful cataract surgeries to their name, and they’d love to help you choose the best IOL for your goals!
Dr. Gregory Parkhurst has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.