At Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington, NC, we specialize in the removal of cataracts and implantation of implants like Tecnis Lens. Tecnis Lens is a fast and effective way to correct your vision with the latest technology in lens implants. This FAQ is designed to give you more information about the procedure.
What Is The Tecnis Lens?
Tecnis Lens technology is a vision correction procedure that uses a zone system that divides your eye’s small lens into numerous sections. The sections activate when they experience certain lighting conditions and focal depths. There are a total of five zones. Each zone addresses a different set of specifications. The variety allows for clear vision in a wider range of distances and lighting environments.
How Does Tecnis Lens Replace The Cataract?
During the procedure, a small incision will be made in the periphery of your eye’s cornea. Your natural lens will then be gently removed. Once the cataract-impaired lens is removed, your surgeon will insert the implant. The implant is designed to be a permanent replacement to the impaired lens.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The entire procedure is relatively short. It normally takes only 15 to 45 minutes to perform. Most patients find that their vision is immediately improved.
How Long After Surgery Will I Have Final Results?
As with any surgery, every patient is different. As mentioned before, most patients experience an immediate improvement in their vision. That being said, there is a period of adjustment where your brain must learn to see using the new lens. That period can last six to twelve weeks.
Will I Still Need To Wear Glasses?
The level of your results will be impacted by a number of factors like your initial vision, lifestyle, and the anatomy of your eyes. It is common to still need glasses to read small type or for nighttime driving. However, most daily activities should be able to be conducted without depending on glasses. Case studies showed that patients treated with Tecnis Lens “never” or only “occasionally” needed to wear glasses.
How Is Tecnis Lens Different From Single-Vision Intraocular Lenses?
The main difference is Tecnis Lens is a multifocal intraocular lens. They allow you to see both from a distance and up close. This is in contrast to single-vision lens implants that are only beneficial for distance vision and provide very limited ability to see closer objects without glasses.
Am I a Good Candidate For Tecnis Lens?
You will need to have a consultation to address your candidacy for the procedure. The visit will include a thorough eye exam. That said, patients may qualify who:
- Need to have their cataracts removed
- Suffer from presbyopia
- Have difficulty seeing close objects
The procedure is not ideal for patients who experience chronic glare, do a lot of night driving, work as airline pilots, or who have had Radial Keratotomy.
For more information on Tecnis Lens, the experts at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington, NC are available to assist you. Please contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.