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Lens Options

Today’s lens implants are extremely effective at improving vision. There are several choices to be made regarding lens implants.

Once you have decided cataract surgery, you will have a discussion with Dr. Cecchi regarding your visual needs and goals. He will make a lens recommendation based on your goals as well as the health of your eyes. Not all lenses work equally, which is why your consultation with Dr. Cecchi is so important.

Standard Monofocal

The standard monofocal lens is the most common implant used and can be very good at correcting vision. “Monofocal” implies that the lens focuses at one distance, so it cannot adjust for different focal points. Often, the basic IOL will require the use of glasses to optimize eyesight for distance, near, or both. This is the most common lens used in cataract surgery today, and is covered by insurance as a standard part of cataract surgery.

Toric Monofocal

This is an excellent choice if there is astigmatism in the eye. Astigmatism is an irregular shape to the eye which can induce distortion irrespective of the cataract. If it is not addressed at the time of cataract surgery, it will still be present afterwards and is likely to affect the quality of vision. The toric lens can reduce the astigmatism yielding sharper overall vision. Glasses will be required for reading and possibly to refine the distance. Because correcting astigmatism is seen as a non-essential part of cataract surgery, there will be an out-of-pocket expense for this technology.


This is an excellent choice if versatility is the goal. Multifocal lenses use diffractive optics so that distance vision and near vision are achieved without glasses. Active lifestyles often require visual clarity at multiple distances, and this is a good choice if the eyes are healthy. It is important to keep in mind that this lens has limitations and will not make all distances crystal clear such as many youthful people have. If astigmatism is present, a toric multifocal can be used, or in some cases laser can also be used at the time of cataract surgery to enhance the clarity of vision. Glasses may still be needed to refine the distance vision or possibly reading in special situations such as in low light or for prolonged reading. Because reducing or eliminating glasses after cataract surgery is seen as a non-essential part of cataract surgery, there will be an out-of-pocket expense for this technology. For pricing, a visit with Dr. Cecchi is required.


The PanOptix intraocular lens (IOL) is a remarkable development in vision correction. This advanced technology has been designed to provide you with sharp and clear vision at multiple distances, allowing you to perform everyday tasks and enjoy life without needing glasses or contact lenses. With PanOptix, you can experience a seamless transition between near and far objects and enjoy the freedom of effortless vision.

The PanOptix IOL boasts an innovative design that enables it to correct a broad range of vision problems. It can treat cataracts, astigmatism, and presbyopia, among other conditions. The lens is implanted during a quick and painless surgical procedure, and the results are immediate. You can expect a significant improvement in your vision, making it easier to read, drive, and perform other activities.

Moreover, the PanOptix IOL is incredibly durable and long-lasting. It is made of a flexible material that allows it to bend and adjust to the shape of your eye, ensuring maximum comfort and visual clarity. The lens is also resistant to scratches and other types of damage, meaning it will maintain its quality and performance for years.


The Vivity Intraocular Lens (IOL) is the latest and most advanced solution for people who want to achieve precise and sharp vision. If you’re tired of struggling with the discomfort of glasses or contacts, Vivity is the perfect solution.

Vivity IOL’s unique combination of visual clarity and reduced glare offers a superior experience compared to other lenses. You’ll notice a significant improvement in your vision quality as it reduces halos and starbursts, especially in low-light conditions.

With Vivity, you’ll experience freedom from glasses, allowing you to live a more comfortable and active lifestyle. It’s a great way to improve your vision and regain your independence.

Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) 

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is an advanced intraocular lens designed to correct personalized vision after cataract surgery. Unlike traditional lenses with a fixed prescription, the LAL allows your surgeon to adjust its power after insertion, using a special light treatment that activates photosensitive molecules inside the lens.

The LAL provides unprecedented customization, allowing your surgeon to fine-tune your vision to perfection. This means you can achieve the best possible visual acuity, reduced dependence on glasses, and the freedom to see the world exactly how you want.

The light treatment to adjust the LAL is painless and takes only a few minutes to complete. After the treatment, your surgeon will assess your vision and make any necessary adjustments to the lens. This process can be repeated until your vision is just right.

The LAL is ideal for people who want to achieve optimal visual outcomes after cataract surgery. Its advanced design and customization options provide precision unmatched by traditional lenses. If you’re looking for a lens to help you see the world with greater clarity and freedom, the LAL may be the perfect solution.

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