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TECNIS® IOL Can Reduce Dependence on Reading Glasses

Very close up shot of hazel eyeMany people consider poor vision an inevitable fact of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain good vision. Cataract surgery replaces the natural lens with an artificial lens and restores the eye's ability to let light pass unobstructed to the retina. We use the most up-to-date techniques and advanced intraocular lenses (IOLs) to treat cataracts and restore your clear vision. New technology is offering cataract patients more choices and better improved vision than ever before. In fact, over 18 million IOL procedures are performed worldwide each year. TECNIS® is an advanced IOL available at our Toronto laser center that restores vision after cataract surgery while also reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses.  Contact our expert staff to learn more.

How Vision Changes with Age

The aging process affects the clarity and quality of vision, which may impact the ability to read or drive at night. Two primary causes of age-related vision loss are cataracts and presbyopia. Cataract symptoms appear when the crystalline lens of the eye becomes clouded and discolored due to proteins that clump together. 

Presbyopia causes the crystalline lens of the eye to become less flexible with age. This condition interferes with your ability to easily shift from one focal point to another - looking at a car in the distance and then trying to read your watch, for example. Presbyopia can be temporarily corrected with reading glasses or bifocals.

New Technologies Offer More Options

Standard monofocal IOLs can deliver excellent distance vision, but patients usually need reading glasses for near vision. Presbyopia-correcting IOLs with multifocal designs, however, deliver clear vision at multiple distances.

Patients who suffer from both cataracts and presbyopia can benefit from TECNIS®, a multifocal implantable lens that restores vision after cataract surgery and corrects presbyopia. TECNIS® uses a type of lens design that directs light in various ways, depending on different zones in the lens. TECNIS® delivers results superior to those of a standard multifocal lens and offers an excellent way to lessen or even eliminate your dependence on reading glasses. 

Candidates for TECNIS®

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you could be a candidate for the TECNIS® IOL:

  • Difficulty reading
  • Trouble seeing objects up close
  • Distorted vision while driving, especially at night
  • Frequently changing glasses prescriptions
  • Need bifocals

Keep in mind that although multifocal IOLs like TECNIS® can produce fantastic results, they are unlikely to produce completely crisp vision at multiple distances under all circumstances. You should expect at least some visual distortions that will likely take the form of glare and halos around bright lights at night. These should not prohibit the average person from driving at night. However, your doctor may recommend another type of IOL if you frequently drive or work at night.

Learn More

Our doctors offer expert treatment and excellent patient education so that you can get the best eye care and feel good about your choice. To learn if you could benefit from TECNIS® IOL for cataracts, schedule a consultation today.

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