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KNOWING
YOUR OPTIONS

Cataracts Treatment Options
KNOWING
YOUR OPTIONS

There are many lenses to choose from for your surgery. It’s important
to know what each type of lens can offer you, so you can make an
informed decision about your vision.

There are many lenses to choose from for your surgery. It’s important to know what each type of lens can offer you, so you can make an informed decision about your vision

NEXT-GENERATION TRIFOCAL LENSES

These lenses can provide a full range of vision at near, intermediate, and far distances without glasses after cataract surgery. If you currently wear glasses or contact lenses to see clearly from far away to close up, next generation trifocal lenses are designed to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses at all of these distances.1,3

NEXT-GENERATION TRIFOCAL LENSES

These lenses can provide a full range of vision at near, intermediate, and far distances without glasses after cataract surgery. If you currently wear glasses or contact lenses to see clearly from far away to close up, next generation trifocal lenses are designed to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses at all of these distances.1,3

Near vision

Near vision:
Clear vision for reading menus, sheet music and books, or using a cellphone.

Intermediate vision

Intermediate vision:

Clear vision for “arms’ length” activities like cooking and computer use.

playing golf

Far vision:

Clear vision for distance activities like driving, cycling and golf.

BIFOCAL LENSES

Bifocal intraocular lenses are available in a variety of prescriptions. Some reduce the need for prescription glasses at near and far distances, but not intermediate distances. Others provide good far and intermediate vision without glasses but still require glasses for near vision activities such as reading.

Bifocal intraocular lenses are available in a variety of prescriptions. Some reduce the need for prescription glasses at near and far distances, but not intermediate distances. Others provide good far and intermediate vision without glasses but still require glasses for near vision activities such as reading.

ASTIGMATISM-CORRECTING LENSES

Astigmatism-correcting lenses, also known as toric lenses, minimize the imperfections in the shape of your eye’s cornea by allowing light rays to focus on your retina with much less distortion. This means that, even if you have needed glasses in the past, you may not need them much, if at all, after getting toric lenses.2

Astigmatism-correcting lenses, also known as toric lenses, minimize the imperfections in the shape of your eye’s cornea by allowing light rays to focus on your retina with much less distortion. This means that, even if you have needed glasses in the past, you may not need them much, if at all, after getting toric lenses.2

BASIC (MONOFOCAL) LENSES

This type of lens will correct the cloudy vision caused by cataracts; however, it is not designed to fix other pre-existing vision problems like astigmatism, or presbyopia. This means that if you wear glasses or contact lenses now, you will still need them after cataract surgery.2

This type of lens will correct the cloudy vision caused by cataracts; however, it is not designed to fix other pre-existing vision problems like astigmatism, or presbyopia. This means that if you wear glasses or contact lenses now, you will still need them after cataract surgery.2

TALKING WITH YOUR EYE SURGEON

Your eye surgeon can help you understand your lens options, so you can make an informed decision and be free of cataracts and maybe glasses and contact lenses too!

Talk to your ophthalmologist about your lens options before surgery.

Your eye surgeon can help you understand your lens options, so you can make an informed decision and be free of cataracts and maybe glasses and contact lenses too!

Talk to your ophthalmologist about your lens options before surgery.

References:
1. Carson D, Xu Z, Alexander E, Choi M, Zhao Z, Hong X. Optical bench performance of 3 trifocal intraocular lenses. J Cataract Refract Surg 2016;42(9):1361-1367.
2. Allan Solomovic. Ask the Expert Canadian National Institute for the Blind. http://www.cnib.ca/en/your-eyes/ask-expert/pages/post-surgery-lenses.aspx.
3. Alcon Data on File. TDOC-0053542 (Mar 10 2017).

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