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The Panoptix Trifocal Lens: Pros, Cons & Alternatives

The PanOptix trifocal lens represents an exciting development in eye care. PanOptix trifocal lenses are types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) that allow for three ranges of clear vision. 

Cataract patients who would like to have clear vision at far, near, and intermediate ranges will often choose PanOptix trifocal lenses to replace their natural lens that has become clouded due to cataracts. 

PanOptix trifocal lenses are implanted during cataract surgery. This surgery can be performed in around 15 minutes and is considered a routine procedure with high success rates and low rates of complications.

There are certain drawbacks that some individuals experience with PanOptix trifocal lenses. We’ve outlined the pros and cons of these lenses below.

What Are PanOptix Trifocal Lenses?

Traditional IOLs tend to be monofocal, which is the style of lens that is covered by many insurance providers. Patients often have to make a choice whether their default vision supports near or far vision. They may then need to wear corrective lenses, such as reading glasses, for certain tasks.

Some lenses are available that are trifocal. Multifocal IOLs such as trifocal lenses allow people to have clear near and distance vision simultaneously.

Problems With the PanOptix Lens

Although they are FDA-approved, there are still downsides to selecting PanOptix trifocal lenses. These lenses have been shown to cause glare, decreased sensitivity in dark lighting, as well as halos around artificial light sources, such as car headlights. 

Many eyecare specialists recommend that patients under the age of 65 avoid trifocal lenses due to the decrease in contrast sensitivity that could potentially result.

Benefits of PanOptix Trifocal Lenses

PanOptix trifocal lenses are crafted with ultraviolet and blue light filtering materials. These materials provide protection from strain that occurs due to screen viewing and exposure to UV rays. 

PanOptix trifocal lenses also provide better image quality. For many individuals, this is better quality than they can get with other trifocal options. 

PanOptix trifocal lenses have an intermediate distance of around 60 centimeters, which results in enhanced closer and middle vision in comparison to other brands.

These lenses may also result in easier reading. Many patients do not have to wear reading glasses after replacing their natural lens with a PanOptix trifocal lens. These lenses tend to perform better at close range than other options.

Alternatives

There are a variety of lens options if PanOptix trifocal lenses do not work for you. There are standard monofocal lenses, premium monofocal lenses, and toric lenses available.

Standard Monofocal Lenses

These types of lenses are designed for distance vision and covered by a wide number of insurance plans. 

With monofocal lenses, patients may still need glasses. Monofocal lenses, like other lenses used for cataract surgery, are designed to last a patient’s lifespan.

Premium Monofocal Lenses

Premium options are available that are generally not covered by insurance providers. These lenses are often light adjustable and can be further customized, even after surgery. These sorts of lenses provide and support optimized vision.

Toric Lenses 

Toric lenses are great options for those looking to correct cataracts and astigmatism. Toric lenses represent advanced eye care technology, and many patients only require glasses for reading after cataract surgery.

The right lens for you is a personal choice. Consult with your eye care specialist before making your decision. Make sure to weigh the pros and cons of each type of lens, and make the choice that best fits your lifestyle and objectives.

While your insurance plan may only cover the cost of a basic lens, you can often simply pay the difference in price for a premium lens out of pocket. Ask your treatment provider and your insurance provider to clarify costs beforehand, so you don’t have any surprises down the road.

References

  1. Tips for Success with Trifocal Lenses. (October 2020). Review of Ophthalmology.

  2. Visual and Satisfaction Results With Implantation of the Trifocal Panoptix® Intraocular Lens in Cataract Surgery. (October 2021). Journal of Optometry.

Last Updated January 10, 2023

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