As technology advances, so too do the options for restoring vision in formerly cloudy eyes, with minimal need for glasses. The AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL is one of the latest and most impressive developments in intraocular lenses, and the team at Mittleman Eye is thrilled to offer this IOL ahead of many of its competitors.
Why You Would Need It
When ophthalmologists treat a patient’s cataracts, they surgically remove the eye’s natural but damaged lens and then replace it with a synthetic alternative, AKA an intraocular lens. While this procedure improves vision overall, patients who receive a monofocal lens are often left with presbyopia — a weakened ability to focus on close objects.
Although diffractive IOLs have success at countering presbyopia, not all patients are good candidates for the diffractive IOLs due to dry eye, glaucoma, astigmatism or other eye irregularities. In those cases especially, AcrySof IQ Vivity can be a solid alternative.
What Makes It Revolutionary
AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL changes the game by being the only non-diffractive IOL available in the United States that offers an extended range of vision. While patients should not expect “perfect” vision with any variety of IOL, those who have received AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL report an increased ability to see objects near, far and in between without the assistance of prescription glasses.
Furthermore, because AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL’s proprietary X-WAVE technology handles incoming light better, patients have an easier time seeing in both brighter and darker settings than most diffractive IOL patients. Overall, they are less likely to experience disturbances from lights.
Don’t Ditch the Glasses Altogether
Since AcrySof IQ Vivity IOLs are designed to amplify sight at all distances, they are not intended as a magical substitute for reading glasses. Though patients should be able to see most things at close range, they may still require assistance from glasses when they curl up with a book. Patients will enjoy how much less dependent they are on their glasses following AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL so long as they don’t expect to be glasses-free.
Is it Safe?
Following a pair of fruitful clinical trials, the FDA approved AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL last year. To add to that reassuring news, doctors in Europe and Australia have used the lenses for significantly longer and report high rates of patient satisfaction with minimal complications.
Meet with a Doctor
If you have cataracts, the experts at Mittleman Eye are happy to discuss all of the surgical options to get you seeing as well as possible. To find out whether AcrySof IQ Vivity IOL — or some other intraocular lens — will work for you, email the staff to schedule a consultation.