Premium Lens Options

Premium Lens Implants in Orange County

Premium lens implants are Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) that are implanted during cataract surgery to replace the cloudy cataract lens. Premium lenses can simultaneously correct astigmatism or presbyopia (the need for reading glasses), greatly reducing your need for glasses after surgery.

diagram of different intraocular lenses

Our eye surgeons have a combined total of over 100 years of experience with nearly 50,000 lens implants of almost every type ever made. Harvard Eye Associates’ surgeons were the first in the world to use soft, folding lens implants for small incision cataract surgery in the 1980s and continue to break new ground being among the first surgeons in the country to be authorized to use the lenses described below.

At Harvard Eye Associates, we offer the following premium lens options and will help you determine the right option for your unique eyes*:

  • Multifocal “bifocal” IOL for distance and near vision. In a small percentage of patients, glasses may be necessary to fine-tune the vision.
  • Toric IOL to reduce astigmatism. Reading glasses or bifocals may be needed to perform close-up tasks.
  • Accommodating IOL for good vision at all distances. This implant has a hinged shape to adjust its position within the eye using the eyes’ own muscles.

Lifestyle Lens Implants

Harvard Eye Associates is proud to offer three different lifestyle lens options: PanOptix, Vivity, and the Light Adjustable Lens. To determine which lens is right for you, schedule a cataract consultation today!

PanOptix Vivity Light Adjustable Lens

Over the years we have conducted numerous clinical research studies on new implant technologies, and we continue to perform studies on existing and upcoming technologies. Our doctors have authored dozens of scientific publications, serve on scientific advisory boards for a number of healthcare technology companies and are reviewers for major vision science journals.

To learn more about cataract surgery implant options in Orange County, contact us today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.

*Visual outcomes are determined at a cataract evaluation. To find out what results you may have, schedule a cataract evaluation with Harvard Eye Associates.

PanOptix® Lens

The Alcon PanOptix® Lens is the first and only trifocal lens for cataracts in the United States. It delivers enhanced quality and a complete range of vision. A trifocal lens is an IOL that is engineered to provide vision at every distance, from near through far, and can offer benefits beyond a standard cataract lens.

The PanOptix® Lens is designed to mitigate presbyopia, which is a common condition that makes it difficult to see up close. Addressing presbyopia provides an opportunity to reduce or even eliminate your need to wear glasses.

The PanOptix® Lens is also available in a toric option to correct astigmatism. Toric lenses sharpen vision and clear the distortion caused by astigmatism. They may even help free you from glasses and contacts for distance vision.

In a clinical study, 129 patients were asked about their experience with the PanOptix® Lens:

  • 99% of people with the PanOptix® Lens would choose the same lens again.*
  • 98% of people with the PanOptix® Lens would recommend it to family and friends.*
  • When asked how often they needed eyeglasses to see in the last seven days, 80.5% of people with the PanOptix® Lens reported that they never used them and 11.4% reported that they rarely used them.*

Other commercially available IOLs may be available for the treatment of your cataracts and your ophthalmologist will help you determine which lens is right for you.

*AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Directions for Use

AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Lens

The AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ IOL is the first and only non-diffractive extended depth of focus (EDOF) IOL. It delivers monofocal-quality distance with excellent intermediate and functional near vision by using the power of non-diffractive X-WAVE™ technology.

This IOL provides an extended range of vision from distance to near without increasing the incidence of monofocal-like visual disturbances. In a clinical study with the AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Lens:

  • 87.2% of patients were less likely to need glasses at arm’s length in bright light versus 57.6% of patients with a standard lens.*
  • 46.1% of patients were less likely to need glasses up close in bright light versus 16.2% of patients with a standard lens.*
  • Patients reported less bothersome glare.*

Other commercially available IOLs may be available for the treatment of your cataracts and your ophthalmologist will help you determine which lens is right for you.

*Based on a questionnaire at 6 months. AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Directions for Use.

The Light Adjustable Lens from RxSight®

With the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL), you can now customize your vision after cataract surgery. You will have the unique ability to adjust and preview your vision until it meets your personal desires and lifestyle requirements.

The Light Adjustable Lens delivers superior visual outcomes that non-adjustable IOLs cannot match. In a study of 600 subjects, those who received the Light Adjustable Lens followed by adjustments were twice as likely to achieve 20/20 distance vision at 6 months without glasses as those who received a standard monofocal IOL*.

How does it work?

Light Adjustable Lens Changing Shape From UV Light Exposure

The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special photosensitive material that changes the shape and power of your implanted lens in response to ultraviolet (UV) light to optimize your vision.

These light treatments are delivered in our office with the Light Delivery Device (LDD) after your eye has healed.

After your Light Adjustable Lens has been implanted in your eye, it is adjusted to deliver the customized vision you desire. This means that there are two major differences following your cataract surgery compared to non-adjustable IOL: required wear of ultraviolet (UV) protective glasses and completion of light treatments.

UV Light Protective Glasses

Exposure to indoor and outdoor sources of UV light can cause uncontrolled changes to the Light Adjustable Lens during the first couple of weeks while adjustments are being made to your vision. To prevent this, you will be provided with UV protective glasses to wear immediately following surgery during waking hours.

Your protective glasses may be removed when sleeping, and may be temporarily removed when showering, washing your face, or applying eye drops.

Twenty-four hours after your final light treatment, no further changes can be made to the implanted Light Adjustable Lens, and you can remove the UV protective glasses and enjoy your custom vision!

Light Treatments

Your vision is tested after your eye heals. Painless, non-invasive light treatments are delivered in our office with the Light Delivery Device (LDD). You will receive approximately 2 and 4 light treatments, lasting approximately 90 seconds. The total number of light treatments is based on the achievement of the desired vision outcome that you and your doctor selected.

Once you have achieved your optimal vision, the lens power is permanently locked in with a final light treatment to prevent further change.

Good Candidates for the Light Adjustable Lens:

  • Patients who have had LASIK or Radial Keratotomy
  • Patients with astigmatism
  • Patients who want the best possible distance vision and don’t mind wearing reading glasses
  • Patients who have had or want to consider monovision (one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision)

Other commercially available IOLs may be available for the treatment of your cataracts and your ophthalmologist will help you determine which lens is right for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our Orange County locations.

*US Food and Drug Administration. Summary of Safety and Effectiveness (SSED) of Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device system.

The information provided here is for illustration only and may not apply to your eyes. There can be no guaranteed outcome with any surgical procedure. You should discuss what type of results you can expect, and what risks you might face in surgery, with our staff before you have surgery.