Do you need to have your cataracts removed? Before you can have your cataracts removed, one choice you have to make is what kind of IOL you’ll choose.

Chicago Cornea Consultants is proud to offer our patients a revolutionary new premium lens called the Vivity IOL. Keep reading to learn more about the Vivity lens and determine if it may be a good fit for you!

What is the Vivity Lens?

The Vivity lens is a new premium IOL that provides patients with a continuous, broader sight range. It’s the latest in intraocular lens technology, continuously evolving and changing.

The Vivity IOL is safe, effective, and has a higher patient satisfaction rate than other intraocular lenses. The Vivity lens is from a well-known and highly-regarded manufacturer of intraocular lenses, Alcon.

It became FDA approved in the United States in spring 2020. Chicago Cornea Consultants is proud to be one of the first practices to offer this advanced technology for our patients and has successfully treated patients with cataracts using the Vivity IOL with outstanding results.

The Vivity lens is different than a standard, monofocal intraocular lens. A monofocal lens allows someone to see far away without glasses, but the Vivity lens improves a person’s whole range of vision.

That means a person can see intermediate distances and close objects clearly without the need for reading glasses or bifocals. The Vivity premium intraocular lens increases independence from glasses or contact lenses. For this reason, it’s considered a premium intraocular lens.

What Sets the Vivity Lens Apart from Other IOLs?

Because of the Vivity IOL’s proprietary, non-diffractive X-Wave technology, the intraocular lens uses all available light to create a continuous, extended range of vision. The lens uses cutting-edge technology that allows the lens to stretch and shift incoming light, so the person using the lens has excellent and uninterrupted vision.

Their vision will remain the same no matter what depth or distance they look at something. The lens extends a person’s focal range while the lens’s second transition surface allows a person’s eyes to make use of all available light.

Traditional intraocular lenses use diffractive technology. Diffractive technology uses the surface of the lens to focus on images far away, and another set of the surface focuses on close objects.

Images between far away and close can remain blurry, and some patients report seeing glare or halos around distant lights. But because the Vivity lens does not use diffractive technology, its users have a better visual experience.

If you spend a lot of time driving at night, you may want to consider this revolutionary new IOL. The use of non-diffractive technology is often considered the gold standard for night vision.

Vision with the Vivity IOL is Clearer

The Vivity lens is made from the same material as Alcon’s well-known and highly regarded AcrySof intraocular lens. The AcrySof intraocular lens is so popular that it’s estimated it’s been put into the eyes of over 125 million patients worldwide.

Vivity patients report having excellent distance and in-between vision and also see better up close, whether in bright or dim light. The premium lens also protects eyes from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

If you spend a lot of time in front of digital devices, the Vivity IOL also protects your eyes from blue light emitted from them. Patients who get the Vivity lens experience fewer side effects after cataract surgery, like glare, halos, or starbursts.

They even report results closer to those seen with monofocal lenses. These benefits mean patients can see better and drive more safely at night.

The Vivity IOL has a 93 percent patient satisfaction rate in treating cataract surgery and astigmatism correction. In part, this is because few patients experience the side effects associated with other intraocular lenses.

Very few intraocular lenses can boast this kind of satisfaction rate. That means patients enjoy vastly improved vision after receiving the state-of-the-art Vivity lens.

How Do I Know if the Vivity Lens is Right for Me?

The Vivity lens is an excellent premium lens, but it’s not the best option for every patient. For the best results, it’s for people who want to improve their close range and intermediate vision.

With the Vivity lens, a person is usually comfortable reading a text message or restaurant menu. For some up-close tasks, they may need reading glasses, including reading fine print, such as a prescription label.

The team at Chicago Cornea Consultants can determine if the Vivity lens is right for you. Still, if you have a history of eye infections or autoimmune conditions, another IOL may be a better choice.

However, some eye doctors believe the Vivity lens performs better than other intraocular lenses for patients with dry eyes or mild macular degeneration. If a patient has astigmatism, they can still receive the toric model of the Vivity lens.

With the toric model of the Vivity IOL, they can correct astigmatism and cataracts at the same time. Our qualified ophthalmologists will work with you to find the best option for successfully treating your cataracts.

We have successfully treated cataract patients with an extensive choice of intraocular lenses, including the Vivity lens.

Why Should Someone Consider the Vivity Lens?

The Vivity intraocular lens performs better and leaves patients with more robust, clearer vision than traditional intraocular lenses. They can better enjoy their lifestyle, whether it is seeing far away on long drives or vacations, or simply enjoying a book at home.

In clinical studies, patients with the Vivity IOL report feeling greater freedom. Nearly 100 percent of patients reported good vision as close as an arm’s length away, along with very good vision at a distance.

It is normal for a patient who has an intraocular lens to go through an adjustment period as their brain and eyes react and adjust to their new enhanced range of vision.

Learn more about the Vivity IOL by scheduling a cataract screening at Chicago Cornea Consultants in Chicago, IL, now!

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