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Acrysof IQ Vivity Extended Vision IOL

Unprecedented Levels of Clarity

The Acrysof® IQ Vivity® Extended Vision IOL is the ground-breaking intraocular lens (also known as ‘IOLs’) from the industry-leading vision technology company Alcon. Released in late 2020, this new technology brings leaps and bounds in post-cataract nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism treatment technology.

IOLs are clear lenses that are surgically implanted to sit in front of the eye’s natural lens, behind the iris, much in the same way that contact lenses sit on the cornea to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses.

Studies demonstrate that Vivity outperforms traditional monofocal lenses with clear distance vision and superior clarity in intermediate and near vision.

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Condition Treated

Cataracts

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Most cataracts develop with advancing age, typically between ages 60-80. People with cataracts see the world as if through a dirty window, making daily activities more difficult.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism causes your vision to be blurred at both near and far distances. It occurs when your cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.

Nearsightedness

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common type of refractive error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.

Farsightedness

Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, affects nearly one in four people. Those with hyperopia can see distant objects very well but have difficulty focusing on objects that are close.

Common Questions About Acrysof IQ Vivity Extended Vision IOL

When is Vivity an ideal choice?

If an individual would like to reduce his or her dependence on glasses, Vivity would be a good choice. Individuals who wish for better near and intermediate vision are likely to benefit more from Vivity than other IOLs.

How soon can I see results?

Visual recovery with implantable contact lenses like Vivity is rapid, and you can anticipate noticeable improvement within a day or two.

What is an intraocular lens?

When a cataract causes your eye’s lens to lose its clarity, the only option is to replace it with an intraocular lens (also known as an IOL). Intraocular lenses are artificial lenses that are implanted to replace your natural lens when it is removed during surgery. The lens is permanent, needs no maintenance, and can remain in your eye for your entire life.

The best IOL for you depends on your lifestyle and your visual needs.

How is Vivity technology different?

Vivity is a first of its kind IOL. It uses new X-WAVE technology that ‘stretches’ or ‘shifts’ light rays to allow for an extended range of vision, where previous multifocals/trifocals used rings or ‘light splitting’. This creates a smooth and continuous focal range for distance, intermediate and functional near vision.

 

Why is intermediate vision crucial?

Intermediate vision is what we rely on to send emails to our loved ones, cook our favorite meal, see in the mirror, and a number of daily activities that are part of a life fully lived. Vivity provides enhanced vision at this distance that is often far beyond what traditional monofocal lenses can provide.

Will I still need glasses with Vivity?

Clinical studies have shown that 87% of patients reported they do not need glasses for vision at an arms length (intermediate vision) versus 57% with a standard lens. For near vision, relied on to take a picture or read a book, 47% reported not needing glasses with Vivity, versus only 16% using standard options.

How does the procedure work?

Getting your Vivity IOL can be part of your cataract surgery. First, as part of a standard cataract surgery, the doctor removes your clouded lens. That lens is then replaced with the Vivity IOL, and you are ready to begin your life with enhanced vision, free of cataracts. According to the National Institute of Health, cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest procedures in the United States.

Videos

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Dr. Rowan Discusses the Acrosof® IQ Vivity IOL Lens

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Dr. Pirnazar Discusses the Acrysof® IQ Vivity IOL Lens

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