Types of Lenses
There are many types of lenses and the best option for you will be discussed during your consultation.
Staar Visian ICL
The Staar Visian ICL is Optimax’s lens of choice for this procedure, offering excellent results for those with hyperopia and moderate to high myopia. More than 500,000 implants have been performed world-wide. The lens is made from a soft collamer material and implanted in the posterior chamber which makes it invisible in daily life. The lens can treat pupils up to 8mm. Visual Acuity can be 20/20 by the next day in 70-90% of patients. The Starr Visian ICL can correct your vision without removing or disturbing the natural tissue during the procedure. The procedure can be reversed in the unlikely event that removing the Visian ICL should become medically necessary.
Benefits include high-quality night vision, UV protection and great results for those with thin corneas. The Visian ICL provides sharp, clear vision with improved depth and definition, with studies showing a satisfaction rate of 99%.
RLE and Cataract Treatments
Monofocal lenses normally correct for distance vision but can correct for any visual range desired.
These are used for people who don’t mind using glasses for specific tasks, for example; reading glasses in cases where distance vision has been corrected.
Monofocals are particularly good for patients that need sharp distance vision such as professional drivers. They can also be used to achieve Monovision.
Unlike Monofocal lenses, these lenses could eliminate the need for reading glasses. They are the most popular choice for the correction of presbyopia (the need for reading glasses).
The lenses are more advanced to provide more than one focal point. It splits the light so some is focused for distance, some for near and some is scattered in the eye.
There may be some loss of contrasts and patients may experience haloes at night. Common makes of lenses used at Optimax are Symfony by AMO and AT LISA Trifocal by Zeiss.
Zeiss Trifocal Lens
The advanced ZEISS AT LISA Trifocal lens provides high-resolution images with outstanding contrast sensitivity at all distances and under all light conditions, and allows a smooth transition between near, intermediate and far. This is due to the lenses’ advanced design, featuring an additional third focal point for true intermediate vision. The Zeiss Trifocal Lens provides good picture quality at all distances. Spectacle independence after treatment is exceptionally high, with patients frequently reporting that they do not require glasses at all.
Improved visual acuity
The ZEISS AT LISA tri IOLs improve visual acuity over the whole vision range, especially after binocular implantation.
The Symfony lens can provide an elongated, continuous range of high-quality vision, from near to far. The effect can be likened to the ‘zoom lens’ of a camera. This is thanks to unique design features which prevent image overlap. The new lens can offer high levels of spectacle independence among presbyopic patients and its unique design offers increased contrast compared with a traditional monofocal lens. It also aims to reduce glare and haloes, which can be present with multifocal lenses. Patients report minimal or zero dependence on spectacles after treatment.
Symfony® Lens Patient Stories
Gordon & Maureen Williams
All lenses for ICL and RLE treatments are available in a TORIC version, which can correct astigmatism as well as other refractive errors.
Astigmatism is a condition in which light is unevenly focussed, causing blurred vision at all distances. The condition allows only partial focus on an image, for instance, astigmatism can cause some wheel spokes to appear clearer than others.