At LASIK MD, we offer a wide range of intraocular lenses (IOLs) that each offer different advantages for your post-surgery vision. The best fit for a patient depends on their individual preferences and goals for their vision. Recent advancements in lens technology help eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after surgery, providing convenient, effective results for your specific vision needs.
Intraocular lenses are implanted in the eye to replace patients’ natural lenses for those affected by presbyopia or severe refractive errors. Until recently, IOLs were only available to correct distance vision using monofocal lenses, which helped improve distance vision after surgery, though patients still needed glasses or contact lenses for near vision activities like reading and playing cards. Now, advancements in technology have produced multifocal IOLs that allow patients to see clearly at all distances — near, far and the distances in between. Multifocal IOLs preserve distance vision and correct presbyopia so patients seeking treatment for presbyopia can also enjoy clear sight without relying on glasses. The procedure to replace a patient’s natural lens with a multifocal IOL is the same as that used in cataract surgery.
At LASIK MD, during a short half-hour procedure called PresbyVision™, we will replace your hardened natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens, allowing your quality of vision to improve.
Different lenses offer different visual outcomes:
- Monofocal lenses offer the ability to improve a patient’s distance vision post-procedure but they may still need glasses for near-vision activities such as reading a label or a book
- Trifocal lenses allow patients to see clearly at near, intermediate, and far distances thanks to advances in technology. This means that patients can significantly reduce their dependence on glasses or bifocals
- For patients with irregularly-shaped corneas, LASIK MD offers toric IOLs that are designed to minimize patients’ corneal astigmatism while striving to deliver optimal visual results
Your surgeon will determine which lens most suits you based on your visual needs and lifestyle.
Lenses used at LASIK MD
The enVista monofocal lens aims to deliver superb visual quality while also providing excellent contrast sensitivity. Approved by Health Canada in 2012, it also is designed to be glistening-free, meaning it does not cause stray light to hit your retina, avoiding the creation of bursts – this feature of the lens leads to higher-quality vision. A toric version is also available to treat those patients who have astigmatism. A wide range of patients report high satisfaction with this lens.
Alcon Acrysof IQ Vivity
The Acrysof IQ Vivity lens has been designed for precision and performance to aid people who have developed age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia. Approved by the FDA in 2020, the lens aims to eliminate the need for glasses at intermediate and far vision while reducing the need for glasses for near-vision activities, and offers a low number of visual disturbances. Patients with a Vivity lens implant report low levels of starbursts, halos, and glare. Additionally, Acrysof's lenses are known for consistently delivering reliable results. Patients have said that the Vivity lens has “certainly enhanced the comfort and pleasure of [their] life.”
Receiving FDA approval in 2019, the PanOptix trifocal lens aids in offering clear vision at close, intermediate, and far distances, and delivers bright and vivid colours. A toric version of the lens is also available to help astigmatic patients. In terms of results, 99% of people who have had the PanOptix lens implanted would choose the same lens again, and 98% of people with the lens would recommend it to their family and friends.1 Patients have said that the lens has provided them with a full range of vision and that they would have “never imagined having this kind of vision.”
The FineVision lens features a series of rings that diffract light to provide clear vision at Far, Intermediate and Near distances, hence the name FineVision. Approved by the FDA in 2012, the lens is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses for presbyopic patients, and additionally those who receive this lens noted an improvement in nighttime halos and glare after their procedure. A toric version is also an option for those with astigmatism.
Our team of qualified doctors will determine which lens is best for you during your pre-operative assessment.
If you are interested to learn more about or to find out if you are a candidate for the lens implant procedures we offer, book a free, no-obligation consultation today.