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Advanced Cataracts

Definition

Cataracts that have progressed and have been developing untreated for a long period of time, causing the lens to appear mostly opaque

How You Might Use It

My doctor told me I have advanced cataracts, so we worked together to schedule my cataract surgery

Astigmatism

Definition

A common condition that occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped, like a football instead of a baseball, causing vision to appear blurry

How You Might Use It

My astigmatism makes everything blurry and hard to see

Astigmatism-correcting Lens

Definition

A lens that is designed specifically to correct astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery; also called a toric lens

How You Might Use It

I talked to my doctor, and he recommended that I correct my astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery with an astigmatism-correcting lens

Cataract

Definition

A breakdown of proteins in your natural lens that cause vision to become cloudy

How You Might Use It

I have cataracts—everything I see looks a little hazy

Cataract Surgery

Definition

An outpatient procedure in which a surgeon breaks up and removes your cataract lens and implants a new, artificial lens

Learn more about the benefits of cataract surgery.

How You Might Use It

Since I had cataract surgery, I can see clearly and participate more in my every day

Cornea

Definition

The clear surface at the front of the eye

How You Might Use It

The cataract is accessed through the cornea

Dysphotopsias

Definition

Visual symptoms (such as starbursts, halos, and glare) that can occur after cataract surgery

How You Might Use It

My doctor warned me that, like any surgery, there may be side effects of cataract surgery and I may experience dysphotopsias

Farsightedness

Definition

Also known as hyperopia, a natural condition in which the eyes have difficulty focusing on things up close

How You Might Use It

I need reading glasses to help with my farsightedness

Hyperopia

See: Farsightedness

Intraocular Lens (IOL)

Definition

An artificial lens implanted after a cataract is removed

How You Might Use It

I’m working with my doctor to decide which IOL best fits my needs

Laser Cataract Surgery

Definition

Surgery that involves the use of a laser to make a corneal incision and soften the cataract before removing the cataract lens

How You Might Use It

I’m going to ask my doctor whether I’m a good candidate for laser cataract surgery

Manual Cataract Surgery

Definition

Surgery that involves the use of a handheld blade to make a cornea incision before removing the cataract lens

How You Might Use It

I heard that manual cataract surgery is the basic method of removing cataracts

Monofocal Lens

Definition

A lens designed to deliver distance far away

How You Might Use It

If I choose a monofocal lens, I will be able to see well at a distance but will likely need glasses to see up close

Myopia

See: Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness

Definition

Also known as myopia, a natural condition in which the eyes have difficulty focusing on things far away

How You Might Use It

I always had to sit in the front row in college because of my nearsightedness

Ophthalmologist

Definition

A medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating eye diseases, prescribing medication, and performing eye surgery

How You Might Use It

I’m seeking an ophthalmologist to remove my cataracts

Optometrist

Definition

An eye doctor who examines eyes (for both vision and health problems) and provides prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses

How You Might Use It

I had an appointment with my optometrist recently, and I learned that I have developed cataracts

Presbyopia

Definition

A common, age-related vision condition in which people have difficulty focusing on things up close

How You Might Use It

My doctor told me I can’t see my phone as easily anymore because I’ve developed presbyopia

Toric Lens

Definition

A type of lens designed to correct astigmatism

How You Might Use It

I opted for a toric lens so that I won’t have to buy special glasses and contacts for my astigmatism

Trifocal Lens

Definition

A lens designed to deliver clear vision without blurry zones at each distance — near, far, and in between

How You Might Use It

I’m investing in a trifocal lens so that I can enhance my vision at the time of cataract surgery

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AcrySof® IQ Family of IOLs

Important Product Information

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DESCRIPTION: The AcrySof® IQ Family of Lenses are artificial lenses implanted in the eye of adult patients following cataract surgery. The AcrySof® IQ IOLs are designed to allow for clear distance vision. However, you will likely still need glasses for reading and for distance vision particularly ifyou already have astigmatism. The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs are designed to correct pre-existing corneal astigmatism, which is the inability of the eye to focus clearly at any distance because of difference curvatures on the cornea, and provide distance vision. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® and AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Family of IOLs are types of multifocal lenses (sometimes called “presbyopia-correcting IOLs”) designed to allow for clear distance, intermediate, and near vision with the potential to be more independent of the need to use glasses for daily tasks. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® and AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Family includes the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® multifocal Toric and AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Toric IOLs which correct for astigmatism as well as cataracts. The AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision IOLs provide clear distance vision, and better intermediate and some near vision compared to a monofocal IOL.

WARNINGS/PRECAUTIONS: You may experience and need to contact your eye doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms after cataract surgery: itching, redness, watering of your eye, sensitivity to light. The safety and effectiveness of these IOLs have not been established in patients with eye conditions, such as an increase in eye pressure (glaucoma) or complications of diabetes in the eye (diabetic retinopathy). As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. These risks may include but are not limited to infection, damage to the lining of the cornea, the retinal layer which lines the inside back wall of your eye may become separated from the tissue next to it (retinal detachment), inflammation or swelling inside or outside the eye, damage to the iris (the colored diaphragm around the pupil), or an increase in eye pressure that cannot be controlled by medicine and secondary surgical procedure. There is a possibility that the IOL may be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. This may result in less improvement or a reduction in vision, or it may cause visual symptoms. AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs, AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® multifocal Toric IOLs, and AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Toric IOLs correct astigmatism only when placed in the correct position in the eye. There is a possibility that these Toric IOLs could be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. This may result in less improvement or a reduction in vision because your astigmatism has not been fully corrected, or it may cause visual symptoms. With the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®, AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOLs, and AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision IOLs there may be a loss of sharpness of your vision that may become worse in dim light or in foggy conditions. There is also a possibility that you may have some visual effects such as rings or circles (halos) around lights at night. You may also have trouble seeing street signs due to bright lights or glare from oncoming headlights.

ATTENTION: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Prior to surgery, ask your eye doctor to provide you with the AcrySof® IQ Patient Information Brochure for the lens to be implanted. This Document which will inform you of the risks and benefits associated with the IOL. Discuss any questions about possible risks and benefits associated with your eye doctor.

REFERENCES:
1. AcrySof® IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision IOL Directions For Use.