PanOptix: Trifocal Intraocular Lens

istock 464726740Results are important to us. We understand that patients who seek cataract surgery want their vision reinstated to the highest degree possible. Having performed over 25,000 cataract and glaucoma procedures, Dr. Rom is familiar with the ways vision can be restored. We are proud to be at the forefront of new technologies that help us achieve optimal patient outcomes and are thus excited to offer the PanOptix® intraocular lens to patients of our Mentor and Chardon offices.

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“Dr. Rom is very patient and takes the time to answer all your questions. I had cataract surgery and was very nervous – He took the time to make sure I understood the procedure and that I was comfortable throughout. He has a very caring chair side manner. Thank You, Dr. Rom!”

“Dr. Rom is a wonderful doctor. He addressed my concerns about undergoing Cataract Surgery and his staff were very pleasant. The procedure was totally painless and the results were very positive. I wore glasses before and now I only need to wear readers. I would recommend Dr. Rom to anyone that needed Cataract Survey.”

What is PanOptix?

PanOptix is the first trifocal intraocular lens to be approved by the FDA. Prior to its use here in the U.S., this IOL became one of the leading presbyopia-correcting lenses in 70-plus other countries. The trifocal lens is designed to support everyday activities; from reading in lower-light environments to working on a computer screen to driving across town. Vision at all distances is supported via ENLIGHTEN®Optical Technology, which improves intermediate vision without jeopardizing near or distance vision.

This IOL is available in spherical and toric designs. Each works by bending light rays so they are focused on the retina at the back of the eye. 

Benefits of PanOptix with Cataract Surgery

A medical concept of a human eye ball highlighting where the IOL will be placedCataract surgery is not only about removing cloudiness from the field of vision, but it is also about improving the quality of life. An IOL is an investment that will provide years of return. For this reason, we want to maximize what that return will be. The PanOptix IOL supports independence from eyeglasses by improving vision at all distances.

Who is a candidate?

Candidacy for any particular intraocular lens can only be determined via a complete examination and consultation. Dr. Rom assists patients in understanding how various intraocular lens options may support their lifestyle. Generally, a trifocal IOL may be ideal for individuals who want to use a computer and also continue to enjoy activities that require up-close focus.

PanOptix vs. Other IOLs

During cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens. The objective of treatment is to restore visual acuity while also minimizing the potential need for eyeglasses. Patients have several options to consider. Through discussion and a comprehensive ocular examination, Dr. Rom helps patients choose which IOL is best suited to their treatment goals.

Intraocular lenses are categorized as monofocal, multifocal and, now, trifocal.  

an image of Intraocular lenses on displayMonofocal IOLs are designed to add sharpness at one distance. This type of intraocular lens has one refractive power. It can focus light either near or distance, not both. Therefore, the patient may need to rely on eyeglasses for certain tasks. Patients can choose which distance they prefer, recognizing that a monofocal IOL is unlikely to support the intermediate vision for working on a computer without the need for corrective glasses.

Multifocal IOLs are more advanced than monofocal types. This type of intraocular lens is designed to focus light coming from near as well as distance. Rays of light are properly bent by rings that circle outward from the center of the lens to its edges. Clear vision is achieved by looking through the appropriate part of the lens depending on the distance of the object the user is focusing on. The eye and brain naturally learn how to do this. Like the monofocal IOL, a multifocal lens may not guarantee a sharp intermediate vision without corrective lenses.

Trifocal IOLs are similar to multifocal lenses in that this design has various sections set to particular refractive powers. The trifocal lens extends beyond sections set for distance and close vision to also include refractive powers set for intermediate vision. The alternating refractive powers provide greater adaptability and a continuous range of near to intermediate vision to distance vision. In addition to enhancing the range of visual sharpness, the PanOptix trifocal lens features:

  • An intermediate focal point of 60 cm
  • Blue and ultraviolet light filtering material to protect eyes from screens and sunlight
  • Sharp image quality

Does PanOptix lens address Presbyopia?

an elderly woman that is struggling reading. She lowered her glasses and is squintingPresbyopia is a common eye condition that relates to the flexibility of the eye’s lens. This age-related condition affects one’s ability to focus up close. Typically, multifocal lenses have been selected for patients interested in correcting presbyopia. Corrective intraocular implants seek to reinstate visual clarity at all distances. In doing so, these lenses carry inherent risks for glare, halos, and diminished contrast sensitivity.

The PanOptix trifocal IOL has become a leading presbyopia-correcting implant in numerous countries. We expect this lens to perform equally well for our patients who want to address presbyopia with the latest IOL technology.

Does PanOptix lens correct astigmatism?

The PanOptix Toric IOL by AcrySof® is specifically designed with astigmatism-correcting technology. A toric premium IOL features different refractive powers in varying meridians of the lens. These alternating powers correct the asymmetric bending of light that is characterized by astigmatism.

What results can I expect?

a doctor discussing the anatomy of the eye with a patient. The image shows a hallow model of the eye and he is pointing at the intraocular lensStatistics indicate that millions of PanOptix trifocal lenses have been placed globally, with a high rate of success. In one poll, 99% of patients stated they would choose the lens again. Ninety-five stated they would recommend the trifocal lens to others.

After cataract surgery, patients can expect some glare or starbursts with bright lights. This is expected to diminish over time. Full acclimation to the new lens can occur as quickly as a few days or may take several months. As vision settles, patients enjoy an increasingly wider range of activities without having to rely on eyeglasses. By this time, it is unlikely that vision will change significantly.

Schedule A Consultation

If you wish to resume an active lifestyle and gain the freedom to enjoy everyday activities without eyeglasses, the PanOptix trifocal IOL may be ideal for you. Learn more about this premium lens with a consultation with Dr. Rom. Schedule your visit to our Chardon, OH location at (440) 286-1188 or our Mentor OH location at (440) 205-5840.


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