Chicago Cornea is excited to be among the first in the nation to offer the latest premium intraocular lens technology. The Alcon AcrySof® IQ Vivity® lens enables high-quality distance and intermediate vision, and functional close-up vision thanks to this new advanced technology.
How is Vivity Different from Other Intraocular Lens Options?
Vivity uses a new, non-diffractive technology called X-Wave™. Alcon’s proprietary non-diffractive technology uses all available light to create a continuous, extended range of vision.
Other diffractive multifocal lenses split the wavefront into multiple separate focal points. The X-Wave technology offers protection against damaging UV rays and filters blue light rays.
Patients with other multifocal lenses are more likely to experience visual disturbances such as halos, starbursts, and glare. Some patients opt for mono-focal lenses because they have a much lower rate of these post-cataract side effects.
Patients with the Vivity lens are reporting lower visual disturbances. These results are more like those seen with mono-focal lenses. This is a distinct advantage for patients looking to drive at night.
How Can I Be Confident that the Vivity Lens is Safe?
Alcon is a well-known and highly reputable manufacturer of intraocular lenses as well as other vision correction products. The Alcon Vivity lens became FDA approved in the spring of 2020. Chicago Cornea is among the first practices in the United States to offer this advanced technology.
Will I Need Glasses with the Vivity Lens?
Most patients achieve excellent visual acuity, meaning their vision is sharper for distance and intermediate vision in both bright and dim lighting with the Vivity Lens. This is especially important for those that spend a lot of time in front of computers. However, you may still need to use reading glasses for some close-up activities. Many patients with Vivity lenses are able to check a message on their smartphone or read a label at the store without glasses. They may need their glasses to read a newspaper or a prescription label.
How Will Vivity Affect my Astigmatism?
The Vivity lens is available in a toric IOL model so that astigmatism can be corrected at the time of cataract surgery.
Can Vivity Be Used if I Have Another Eye Condition?
Some multifocal lenses don’t work well if patients have other eye conditions, even ones as common as dry eye syndrome. So far, ophthalmologists are reporting that they have used Vivity with success in patients with glaucoma, as well as patients with some macular disorders. Your Chicago Cornea ophthalmologist will evaluate whether you are a good candidate for a Vivity IOL.
How do I Find Out if I am a Candidate for the Vivity Lens
In order to find out if the Vivity lens is right for you, you will need to schedule an appointment at the Chicago Cornea – click here to get started today!