Some patients presenting for Laser Vision Correction are not candidates for the procedure. Others who are candidates are over the age of forty and would need reading glasses even after successful laser surgery that corrects the distance vision. Clear lens extraction with the PanOptix IOL (intra-ocular lens) is an option for these patients.
The PanOptix IOL is a premium implant we use during cataract surgery to help patients have good distance and near vision without glasses. Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an IOL implant.
Clear lens extraction involves doing the identical procedure, removing the lens of the eye and replacing it with the PanOptix IOL implant. The goal of the procedure is to correct the patients vision so that they do not need glasses for distance or reading. Since the natural lens is removed from the eye, the patient will never get a cataract later in life.
Are you a pilot or interested in flying but don't have the vision? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sullivan to discuss how this implant might help you. AOPA learned FAA doctors were enthusiastic about this new lens option, and it was quickly approved.