There are many frustrating things that come along with aging. Sagging skin, difficulty hearing, and you may even find it harder to complete some of your favorite tasks!
For one of these things, there is a solution, and that’s if you find it difficult to complete tasks because you can’t see with cataracts. There are more intraocular lens options available than ever before, so how do you choose the right one?
Keep reading to learn more about the Vivity IOL and to find out if it could be right for you!
What is the Vivity IOL?
The Vivity lens is the newest IOL offering from Alcon. There are many IOLs currently available but one thing that sets the Vivity IOL apart from the rest is its non-diffractive technology called X-Wave.
With X-Wave technology, you can see with all available light. For patients that choose this revolutionary new lens, that means that you’ll see with an uninterrupted range of vision, no matter what kind of light you’re in.
Other IOLs don’t stand up to dim lighting, resulting in halos, glare, and even starbursts. But for patients that choose the Vivity lens, there are fewer visual disturbances reported. That makes a difference when you’re looking to go about your day to day tasks!
Why the Vivity IOL is good for near and intermediate tasks
The proprietary X-Wave technology that makes up the Vivity IOL means it’s ideal for patients looking to complete near and intermediate tasks. In other words, that means it’s great for things like:
- Using your smartphone to send a text message
- Seeing a label on a can of food while grocery shopping
Many patients that choose the Vivity lens achieve excellent visual acuity. This means that their vision is crisp and clear at a distance, as well as when they look at things that are at an intermediate distance (arm’s length away).
This is true for patients in all lighting conditions, including bright and dim situations.
For other tasks like reading a newspaper or reading a prescription label on a bottle, you may still need to use your reading glasses. This is usually only necessary for some close-up activities.
How is it different from other premium lenses available?
With so many premium lenses like the PanOptix trifocal IOL available and other options, it can seem nearly impossible to keep them all straight! So what makes the Vivity IOL different?
Of course, you have the X-Wave technology which uses all available light and creates a continuous range of vision for the patient. But other differences include lower visual disturbances like glare, halos, and starbursts after having cataract surgery.
This can be a great advantage for anyone looking to drive at night. Another key thing that sets this premium lens apart is the fact that the X-Wave technology also protects your eyes from UV rays and even damaging blue light!
For anyone that spends a lot of time in front of their computer for work, the Vivity IOL may be worth considering for that reason.
Who is a good candidate for the Vivity IOL?
The only way to know for sure if the Vivity lens is right for you is to schedule a cataract screening with your ophthalmologist at Westlake Eye Specialists. But, you may not be right for this lens if any of the following are true:
- You’ve had previous eye infections
- You have autoimmune conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis that may make it harder to recover after a procedure
- You don’t want to wear glasses anymore after cataract surgery
These are only some of the things that go into candidacy with the Vivity IOL, so it’s important to discuss your options with your eye doctor.
Ready to learn more about the Vivity lens and if it could be right for you? Schedule a cataract screening at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, TX now!