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PanOptix Trifocal IOL

AcrySofⓇ IQ PanOptix Trifocal IOL FDA Approved

For patients with presbyopia or cataracts, there’s a new option on the market. On August 27, 2019, Alcon announced that the FDA has approved the commercial launch of the AcrySofⓇ IQ PanOptix Trifocal IOL. Keep reading to learn more! What is an IOL? An IOL, or intraocular lens is an artificial lens put in place… Read More


What Happens To The Eye When You Have A Cataract?

Cataracts are a common affliction, especially for the older population. Over 24 million Americans suffer from cataracts, and the number is only rising. How does something so widespread work? Cataracts are not some disease that you can easily avoid. In fact, cataracts affect everybody. They are caused when proteins in the lens of the eye… Read More


Does LASIK Treat All Vision Disorders?

Since LASIK has become a household name, it is no wonder that people may see it as the ultimate vision procedure. While LASIK is successful at what it does, it can only correct refractive errors. Refractive errors are problems with vision that usually occur because of misshapen corneas. If you have a refractive error, you’re… Read More


What Is The Cornea’s Job?

The eye has many intricate parts that work together to provide you with clear vision. These parts include: The retina, which senses light that comes into the eye The optic nerve, which transmits information from the retina to the brain The pupil, which opens and closes to control how much light is let into the… Read More


4 Signs You Need Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a very common issue to deal with as we age. They occur when the proteins in the lens of the eye clump together and cloud your vision. While it is possible to live with cataracts, you’ll need to consider cataract surgery. When should you get cataract surgery? For most, that time comes when… Read More


What Should I Do To Prepare Before LASIK?

If you are ready to change your life with LASIK, then you need to know some details to be fully prepared. LASIK is like a team sport played by you and your doctor. You are both working towards a single goal (better vision) and need to communicate and work together to achieve it. Getting on… Read More


Are There Symptoms With Glaucoma?

The most common kind of glaucoma, primary open-angle, has earned the condition the nickname of the silent thief of sight. It has no noticeable symptoms outside of permanent vision loss. This makes it a perfect example of why regular eye appointments are so crucial. Only a trained professional can detect and diagnose glaucoma. Early detection… Read More


How Long Does Dry Eye Treatment Take To Work?

It is difficult to be patient when you are suffering from dry eyes. Constant itching and red, sore eyes are always begging for relief. Dry eye syndrome is something you can control, but it takes time. There’s no saying exactly how long as recovery always varies from patient to patient. How and when you recover… Read More


Can Dry Eye Make Me A Bad LASIK Candidate?

Many people would agree that LASIK is the best form of vision correction on the market. This is in no small part due to the advances in technology that have made it safe, fast, reliable, and accessible. But as accessible as LASIK is, it simply is not for everyone. There is a long list of… Read More


What Should I Expect During Cataract Surgery?

We all get cataracts as a result of aging. They are just a part of life. Cataract surgery is a tried and true method of dealing with your cataracts. Although it’s a common surgical procedure, it’s normal to feel some anxiety around it. Sometimes shedding light on the unknown can help make something like cataract… Read More


4 Signs You Should Consider LASIK

LASIK provides you with the opportunity to see without glasses and contacts. Even better than that, it’s permanent, meaning the results last for the rest of your life! Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! LASIK is incredibly safe and reliable, and its success rate is proof of that. Over 96% of people who… Read More