Do you have cataracts? Are you struggling to choose the right intraocular lens to have implanted during cataract surgery?
Westlake Eye Specialists is excited to announce we are now offering the Alcon AcrySof IQ Vivity lens for our cataract patients. We are one of 30 practices in the country to offer this lens. Keep reading to learn more and if it may be right for you!
What is the Vivity lens and how is it different from other IOLs?
The Vivity intraocular lens is a new intraocular lens that uses proprietary, non-diffractive technology called X-Wave. With X-Wave, the user can see with all available light, resulting in an uninterrupted range of vision. This includes when you’re in bright and dim lighting.
That means you’ll achieve excellent distance and in-between vision, as well as being able to see well up close. With other IOLs, the light is split into several separate focal points.
This often results in patients seeing visual aberrations like glare, starbursts, and halos around lights, even after cataract surgery. For patients that choose the Vivity lens, they report fewer visual disturbances.
Another advantage of this premium lens is the X-Wave technology even protects your eyes from the sun’s UV rays and damaging blue light from digital devices. The Vivity lens also comes in a toric lens model for patients with astigmatism as well to ensure that astigmatism is corrected during cataract surgery.
Who is a good candidate for the Vivity lens?
To truly know if you’re a good candidate for the Vivity lens, you’ll need to schedule a cataract screening with your ophthalmologist at Westlake Eye Specialists. But this IOL may not be right for you if you have had previous eye infections or have any autoimmune conditions that may make it more difficult to recover after cataract surgery.
Talk to your eye doctor if you’re concerned. The Vivity lens is best suited for those that are looking to improve their intermediate and near range of vision. This includes activities like working on a computer and putting on makeup for intermediate vision. For near vision, this is anything that’s up-close like reading a book, or sewing.
Will I still need glasses if I choose the Vivity lens?
Although the Vivity lens does provide patients with excellent visual acuity, you may still need glasses if you choose it. Your vision will be sharper and more defined in any lighting, especially dim lighting, but there may still be situations when you’ll need your reading glasses.
This may be most applicable if you spend a great deal of time in front of computers or completing other close-up tasks. For most activities, like texting on your phone, or reading a menu at a restaurant, you may not need your glasses at all.
There is no guarantee that you’ll never need your glasses again, but you’ll be able to depend on them much less with this advanced, premium lens option!
Will I be able to drive at night?
Driving at night may have been a problem with cataracts, but with the Vivity lens, this should no longer be an issue! With fewer visual disturbances to worry about, driving will be safe, no matter what time of day or night you choose to do it.
Want to find out more about the Vivity lens or other premium IOLs? Schedule a cataract screening at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, TX today!