Understanding Your Eyes at All Ages

Choosing the right treatment can make all the difference.

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Whether you’ve worn glasses since childhood or had clear vision for most of your life, over time you’ve noticed it’s becoming more and more difficult to see things up close. You find yourself constantly reaching for your glasses to read text messages on your phone, or to glance at a menu and it can become a real inconvenience.

If you’ve never heard the term presbyopia before, it refers to the natural loss of near vision that comes with age, typically beginning around age 40.¹ Presbyopia can be managed with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, but like cataracts, adjusting prescriptions often can only provide a temporary solution to your progressive vision loss.

Cataracts are a result of your natural inner lens becoming cloudy, reducing the amount of light passing through to the back of your eye.

You may receive a diagnosis for both presbyopia and cataracts from your eye care professional, so deciding to surgically remove your cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens can improve your overall vision, and let you get back to your favourite activities and hobbies.

Consider an Artificial Lens to Treat Your Cataracts and Presbyopia

Eye conditions, like presbyopia, that are usually managed with glasses or contact lenses may be corrected during cataract surgery depending on which artificial intraocular lens (IOL) you and your eye care professional decide is best for your vision goals.

IOLs offer many benefits and there are many different types of IOLs to choose from, so if you would like to reduce the need for glasses or see clearly across various distances, discuss if a trifocal IOL may be right for you with your eye care professional.

A trifocal IOL offers the latest improvements in vision technology, and is designed to correct presbyopia while also reducing your need for glasses to see near, far and everything in between, after cataract surgery.²,³ Thanks to your trifocal IOL, you’ll be able to once again see the world clearly and get back to the things you love.

For more information about cataracts, presbyopia, and your IOL options talk to your eye care professional or visit SeeTheFullPicture.ca.

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1. Bailey G. Presbyopia. Available: https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/presbyopia.htm. Accessed: Feb 4, 2019.

2. Carson D, et al. Optical bench performance of 3 trifocal intraocular lenses. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016;42(9):1361-1367.

3. AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL Directions for Use

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