The latest advance in vision correction surgery is here! If you have started to have difficulty reading, the latest generation intraocular lenses (IOL’s) are likely the best answer to wearing glasses. Many people are annoyed at the need to constantly clean their glasses from rain or from fog while wearing a mask. It’s frustrating when you are limited by glasses or contacts but cannot have laser eye correction to correct your eyesight.As we age, the lenses in our eyes become harder and less flexible – lessening our ability to focus on things up close. Deterioration in close focus typically becomes noticeable for most people at age 43, but may begin in the early 30’s, or as late as 50. While there is currently no way prevent or reverse these natural changes, new advanced technology lenses can permanently restore functional mid-range (computer) and close (cell phone, reading) vision. If you don’t want to be constrained to wearing glasses or contact lenses for the rest of your life, refractive lens exchange (RLE), or clear lens extraction (CLE) is a means of replacing your natural lens with a new artificial intraocular lens (IOL) – allowing you to regain your up-close focusing abilities, while improving or maintaining your far and mid-range vision. If you have presbyopia, the inevitable loss of reading vision in your mid forties, you may know that LASIK or other forms of laser vision correction are not ideal treatments. RLE is often the best solution, as it also addresses distance vision imbalances such as far sightedness (hyperopia), near sightedness (myopia), and astigmatism at the same time! In addition, this procedure has become very popular due to the fact that it prevents cataracts, as the replacement lens implant is permanent and does not age.RLE is 10-15 minute, in-office procedure that involves removing and replacing our inner lens with an acrylic multifocal (e.g. PanOptix) or extended depth of focus (Vivity) lens. With over 20 years experience with lens replacement surgery, Dr. Sullivan is highly skilled at performing this painless, safe and effective procedure.
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THE ULTIMATE IN RLE: CLEAR — CUSTOM LENS EXTRACTION AND REPLACEMENT
CLEAR is a uniquely effective treatment for DLS, or dysfunctional lens syndrome, a condition that affects a vast majority of men and women aged 40 and over. Through the natural course of aging, the eye’s internal lens becomes progressively more cloudy and unclear, and the eye begins to lose its ability to focus on objects near and far. Left untreated, DLS results in the need for glasses and contact lenses, and, continuing further, their eventual inability to help you see well. As DLS progresses, contacts, bifocals, and glasses are rendered useless if the condition isn’t effectively corrected. It is also significantly treats presbyopia.
CLEAR restores perfect vision by replacing the cloudy lens with a crystal clear, restorative implant exchange that lasts a lifetime and prevents the continued deterioration of your vision as you age.
WHAT IS THE CLEAR PROCEDURE?
CLEAR is a custom lens extraction and replacement for the treatment of DLS. A procedure carefully and specifically designed to restore both close-up vision and distance vision with a crystal clear restorative implant that lasts a lifetime and prevents further progressive deterioration of vision due to cataracts.
- Step 1: An advanced vision analysis helps us determine if a custom lens replacement is right for you.
- Step 2: In the CLEAR procedure, ultrasonic energy is used to remove the dysfunctional lens.
- Step 3: A crystal clear, restorative implant is used. It lasts a lifetime, and it prevents the progressive deterioration of your vision due to aging.
BENEFITS OF CLEAR
- Lasts a lifetime
- Prevents progress deterioration of the vision that typically occurs with aging
- Prevents cataract formation
- The rapid but highly exacting procedure takes less than 15 minutes to complete
- Requires only mild sedation and results in only minimal discomfort
- Vision recovery occurs within days
WHAT IS THE ACRYSOF IQ PanOptix LENS?
The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is a type of multifocal IOL used to focus images clearly onto the back of your eye (retina) to allow clear vision after the cataract removal. In addition, the center of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL allows for better near (reading) vision and intermediate (computer work) vision versus what a monofocal lens would provide. No blurry zones means you can see without straining to focus. You will get the full benefit of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL when it is placed in both eyes. While a monofocal lens can help you see far away, the PanOptix Lens gives you a full range of vision, so that you can immerse in a full range of activities, all while relying less on glasses.
See far away with clear distance vision. Spot a familiar face, go see a show or drive a car. See at arm’s length with enhanced intermediate vision. Use a computer, read a menu, see the mirror. See up close with excellent near vision. Read a book, take up crafting and use your cell phone. The PanOptix Lens enhances quality as well as range, so your vision will be as sharp and vivid as it is complete.
WHAT IS THE ACRYSOF IQ VIVITY LENS?
The AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™ IOLs are artificial lenses implanted in the eye to correct vision after having the lens removed due to a cataract. The AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™ IOLs work by bending light rays to allow those to focus on the retina (the back surface of the eye) to correct blurry distance vision that would result from removing a cataract and not replacing it with an artificial lens. The AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™ Lens allows you to see clearly at the crucial far and intermediate distances while still providing functional near vision.
You can now experience clear vision far away and do things such as enjoy tv, go to a concert, spot a familiar face, or drive a car. Clear vision at arm’s length includes sending emails, seeing the mirror, and cooking your favorite meal. Functional vision up close allows you to tend the garden, play games, or take a picture.
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