When you get cataract surgery, your cataract surgeon removes your eye’s natural lens where the cataract is. After, they will replace your lens with an artificial one called an intraocular lens, or IOL.

IOLs come in many varieties, and all of them aim to improve visual symptoms caused by cataracts and correct your natural refractive error. Presbyopia, for example, is an age-related refractive error that makes it hard to focus on objects up close.

Because it’s a common age-related condition, much like cataracts, many people over forty require reading glasses to see up close. If you opt for a premium IOL, you can reduce and even eliminate the need for reading glasses. 

If you’re looking for one of the best premium IOLs, you should consider the trifocal. Keep reading to learn what sets the trifocal IOL apart from other premium lenses!

A Better Range of Vision

One of the most common types of premium IOLs is multifocal. Multifocal lenses are made of alternating rings that switch between a close focal point and a distant focal point. 

Your eyes will automatically look through the correct part of the lens depending on the distance of the object which you’re looking at. So if you’re looking at something up close, they will utilize the section of the lens with the close focal point, and if you look at something far away, they will use the area of the lens that corrects for distance.

The trifocal has a similar design to the multifocal but has one key difference. Instead of switching between two focal points, it switches between three. 

One section is for seeing up close, one for at a distance, and one for intermediate range. The trifocal lens allows you experience a broader range of clear vision, reducing your dependence on contact lenses and glasses after the procedure.

The Only IOL of Its Kind

While there are multiple kinds of multifocal lenses, the PanOptix IOL is the first and only trifocal IOL to receive FDA approval. Other trifocals are used in other countries, but since the PanOptix is the best, it’s the only one used in the US. 

The unique design allows you to see clearly up close, far away, and at a middle distance. The trifocal doesn’t sacrifice clear vision up close for good vision at arm’s length, making it ideal for doing multiple tasks requiring close focus and focus at intermediate range.

Clear Vision in Every Setting

The trifocal allows you to see well at a distance and very well up close and at a middle distance. This makes the trifocal perfect for a variety of settings. 

The design also offers excellent low-light vision, so you’ll be able to see better at night. This feature makes the trifocal great for those who need to drive at night or like to stay up extra late.

The trifocal is also great for those who like to spend time reading or doing other hobbies that require utilizing a range of vision. No matter what you love doing, the trifocal can help you see better while doing it.

An Alternative for Computer Users

Doctors often recommend monovision to those who use electronics frequently. Monovision is when a monofocal IOL is put in one eye and set to correct near vision, and one is placed in the other eye and set to correct distance vision. 

This combination allows people to see well at both distance and near. The trifocal is an alternative for electronic users that provides excellent vision at all three focal ranges instead of sacrificing a little bit of every distance range.

Although multifocals can provide excellent near vision, it may not be the best choice for computer users. Screens are best viewed at an arm’s length as being too close can cause significant eye strain and even Computer Vision Syndrome. 

The trifocal lets you see very well at arm’s length, so you can view your computer screen, phone, or TV at a safe distance and still see everything as clearly as possible.

Reduce or Eliminate Dependence on Reading Glasses

One of the main reasons people choose a premium IOL is to become less dependent on glasses. The trifocal can massively reduce your need for prescription glasses or over-the-counter reading glasses.

While you aren’t guaranteed that you will never need glasses again with the trifocal, chances are very high that you’ll be able to significantly reduce your need for visual aids.

High Patient Satisfaction

In a survey of patients who opted for the PanOptix trifocal lens, almost all said they would get it again and recommend it to family and friends who were undergoing cataract surgery. So if you’re looking to get the most out of cataract surgery and your premium IOL, it’s hard to go wrong with the PanOptix trifocal.

Is the PanOptix Trifocal Right for Me?

The best way to determine if the PanOptix trifocal will best fit your lifestyle and vision goals is to visit your eye doctor at Chicago Cornea in Highland Park, Illinois, for an evaluation. At this evaluation, your eye doctor will do a thorough examination of your eyes and ask you about your hobbies and vision goals.

They will help you decide whether or not the PanOptix trifocal will best accomplish your desires. 

Are you interested in learning more about the PanOptix trifocal IOL? Schedule an appointment at Chicago Cornea in Hoffman Estates, IL, today!

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