What is the Purpose of a Trifocal IOL?

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Posted: January 15, 2020

Like glasses and contacts, intraocular lenses are available in different lens powers. Monofocal lenses contain one lens power, bifocals have two, and trifocals have three. Each power helps you see objects at a specific distance. These IOLs also have added magnification in certain areas for enhanced vision.

For many cataract surgery patients, the PanOptix® Trifocal Lens may provide the most comprehensive range of view. Keep reading to learn how the first and only trifocal IOL in the United States can help you achieve your post-cataract surgery eyesight goals.

Your Vision with PanOptix® vs. Other IOLs

Patients happy with trifocal IOL in NJDifferent IOLs provide different visual outcomes after cataract surgery. For example, a traditional monofocal lens for distance will give you clear distance vision. However, you’ll likely still need glasses to see, particularly when objects are up close or within arm’s reach. That’s because the monofocal IOL only has one fixed point of focus.

Bifocal IOLs have two points of focus to improve near and distance vision. With this type of lens, you may still reach for your glasses, especially to see things at an intermediate distance.  

The PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is unique because it has three points of focus: distant, intermediate, and near. Because of this design, you can enjoy an impressively comprehensive range of vision. Compared to a monofocal IOL, the PanOptix® lens offers better near and intermediate vision.

This IOL is popular with older adults because it mitigates age-related close vision loss, or presbyopia. For patients who want to correct astigmatism, this lens is available in a toric option.

The visual benefits of this IOL go beyond broadening your visual range. The PanOptix® Lens is engineered to improve the quality of your sight, so you’ll likely find that things look brighter and more vivid.  In a clinical study, 99% of people with the PanOptix® lens would choose it again.

Know Your IOL Options for Comprehensive Vision

A trifocal IOL isn’t your only option for achieving visual clarity at all distances after cataract surgery. An accommodative lens, such as Crystalens®, can provide a similar outcome. This IOL works differently than a trifocal. It moves slightly to mimic the eye’s natural focusing ability.

Both lens types come with benefits and considerations. Generally speaking, accommodative IOLs often afford sharper distance vision than their multifocal counterparts. However, multifocal IOLs are known for offering greater magnifying power, which is useful for reading fine print.

Get Matched With the Right IOL

Your ideal IOL depends on factors such as your lifestyle, goals, and visual health. If you want to enhance the range and quality of your vision while reducing your dependency on glasses, consider the PanOptix® Trifocal Lens.

Our renowned cataract surgeons will help you select the right IOL. Learn if a trifocal lens is appropriate for your situation by scheduling a consultation at 732-349-5622. Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates has four New Jersey locations for the convenience of patients in Toms River, Brick, Manchester, Stafford, and other nearby areas.

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