Lifestyle Lenses

During cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye that has been clouded by cataracts is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).

Lifestyle Lenses (IOLs)

In the past, cataract surgery patients had only one option for IOLs: a standard, monofocal lens. This clear lens eliminates the effects of cataracts and can also correct vision at a single distance.1

Now, however, our cataract surgery patients have the option to use advanced IOLs, or Lifestyle Lenses. These premium lenses have advanced features that allow our patients to enjoy clear vision at a range of distances, many times reducing or even eliminating the need for glasses or contacts.

Lifestyle Lens Options

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At Tidewater Eye Centers, we are pleased to offer our patients a number of choices for Lifestyle Lenses, which can eliminate cataracts as well as correcting vision problems. There are several types of Lifestyle Lenses, each of which has specific benefits for patients who qualify:

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Toric Lenses: Correct Astigmatism During Cataract Surgery

Many patients come to Tidewater Eye Centers with not only cataracts but also astigmatism (with or without nearsightedness and farsightedness). Having worn glasses or contact lenses their entire lives, they are often surprised to learn that having cataract surgery can also correct their astigmatism as well.

Toric intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are Lifestyle Lenses that replace the cloudy lens that is removed during cataract surgery. Toric IOLs have different focusing powers in different areas of the lens to allow for clear vision at all distances. The lens is permanently placed in an exact position in the eye to adjust for the unique shape of your cornea.

Toric Lifestyle Lenses can reduce or completely eliminate your need for reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery in Portsmouth, VA.

Trifocal Lifestyle Lenses

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Tidewater Eye Centers is excited to announce that we now offer a revolutionary new replacement lens for patients undergoing cataract surgery. The Alcon AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal intraocular lens (IOL) is the first and only trifocal lens that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients in the U.S.2

If you’ve had cloudy, yellowed vision for quite a while (because of your cataracts), in addition to other vision challenges such as presbyopia (blurry reading vision), it may seem like an impossibility to see clearly again. Our doctors want to significantly improve your vision and your life with this new lens. The proprietary design behind the PanOptix lens (ENLIGHTEN Optical Technology) can help patients achieve an exceptional combination of near, intermediate, and distance vision after cataract surgery.

The PanOptix lens is another type of Lifestyle Lens option at Tidewater Eye Centers. Like other replacement lens options, this lens is permanently placed into your eye. You won’t be able to feel the new lens but you will certainly know that it is improving your eyesight.

Multifocal Lifestyle Lenses

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For patients undergoing cataract surgery who also have age-related farsightedness, or presbyopia, multifocal Lifestyle Lenses can help them achieve an expanded range of clear vision. Presbyopia is a natural part of the eye’s aging process, and it makes it difficult to focus on up-close objects, hindering tasks like reading. Many of our patients with presbyopia also have additional refractive errors, like nearsightedness.

With multifocal Lifestyle Lenses our surgeons are able to help patients achieve clearer vision at all distances, potentially eliminating the need for contacts, glasses, or bifocals.

Contact Tidewater Eye Centers

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and also have a refractive error that makes it difficult to see clearly at near, intermediate, or distant ranges, you may benefit from Lifestyle Lenses available at Tidewater Vision Centers. To learn more about the many

1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Intraocular Implants (IOLs). Available: Accessed July 15, 2021.
2 Alcon. Alcon Introduces AcrySof IQ PanOptix Trifocal IOL in the U.S., the First and Only FDA-Approved Trifocal Lens [Press release]. Accessed July 15, 2021.

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