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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 PanOptix® Family of Trifocal IOLs

Important Product Information

CAUTION: Restricted by law to sale by or on the order of a physician.

DESCRIPTION: The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is a type of multifocal IOL used to focus images clearly onto the back of your eye (retina) to allow clear vision after the cataract removal. In addition, the center of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL allows for better near (reading) vision and intermediate (computer work) vision versus what a monofocal lens would provide.

There is a chance that you still may need glasses for distance, intermediate, and/or near vision. You will get the full benefit of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL when it is placed in both eyes. Please discuss with your eye doctor whether this is the right IOL for you.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Due to the design of multifocal IOLs, there are some side effects that can be associated with the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL models. These may be worse than with a monofocal IOL, including visual disturbances such as glare, rings around lights, starbursts (rays around light sources), and reduced contrast sensitivity (decrease in ability to distinguish objects from their background, especially in dim lighting). These side effects may make it more difficult to see while driving at night or completing tasks in low lighting conditions, such as at night or in fog or in a dimly lit room, after surgery as compared to before surgery.

Further, a toric IOL corrects astigmatism only when it is placed in the correct position in the eye. There is a possibility that the toric IOL could be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. If the toric lens is not positioned correctly following surgery, the change in your astigmatism correction by the IOL, along with any necessary correction with glasses, may cause visual distortions. If the lens rotates in your eye, you may need additional surgery to reposition or replace the IOL.

ATTENTION: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Prior to surgery, ask your eye doctor to provide you with the Patient Information Brochure for the proposed AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL to be implanted. This document will further inform you of the risks and benefits associated with this IOL. Discuss any questions about possible risks and benefits with your eye doctor, as well as your medical condition and any eye disease you may have.