The TECNIS® Multifocal Lens Procedure
Each year, over 18 million cataract surgeries are performed around the world, making it one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures.1
The surgery is generally a 15- to 30-minute outpatient procedure that is performed under local or topical anesthesia. You will be fully awake, but you will be comfortable and feel no pain. Typically, you will be asked to arrive an hour or so prior to your procedure and will be allowed to leave after a period of observation following your procedure.
The TECNIS® Multifocal IOL Procedure
STEP 1: REMOVING THE CATARACT
Your surgeon will make a small incision in your eye, through which your cataract will be removed. To remove your cataract, your doctor will break apart the cataract and extract it, a technique called phacoemulsification. An IOL will then be inserted through the same tiny incision into the lens capsule of your eye.
STEP 2: INSERTING THE IOL
The IOL will be used to replace your cataract-affected natural lens. The lens is made of a material that is flexible, which allows the surgeon to fold and insert it through the small incision described in Step 1.
STEP 3: RENEWING YOUR VISION
Once the IOL is in position, you should begin to notice an immediate improvement in your vision. Because this procedure is performed through an incision that is very small, your eye should be able to heal rapidly with little or no discomfort.
What to Expect After the TECNIS® Multifocal IOL Procedure
1. THE FIRST FEW HOURS AFTER SURGERY
- You will most likely notice an immediate improvement in your vision.
- Most patients are able to leave their doctor?s office and return home soon after surgery.
- Do not rub or touch your eye.
- Be sure to follow your doctor?s instructions when using the postoperative eye drops.
2. THE NEXT FEW DAYS
- Your eye may feel itchy and become sensitive to light. This is normal and should go away after a day or two.
- You will be able to resume simple daily activities, such as reading, watching TV, using the computer and walking.
- Remember to wear the protective eyewear your surgeon provides outside in the sunlight and while sleeping.
- As your brain adapts to the TECNIS® Multifocal IOL, your vision should continue to improve over the next several months.
- Avoid using any soaps, lotion or makeup near your eye.
3. THE NEXT FEW WEEKS
- Continue to avoid strenuous activity and using soaps or lotions near your eye.
- You may use eye makeup with careful application.
- Some itching and redness may still be noticeable but should be decreasing as your vision continues to improve.
- Some patients may notice rings or glare around lights when driving at night. Remember, it takes time for the brain to adjust to seeing with theTECNIS® Multifocal IOL.
4. THE NEXT FEW MONTHS
- Usually, after one month, your eye will be completely healed.
- Most people who experience rings or glare find they are no longer noticeable after about six months.
- With your doctor?s approval, you can get back to your normal daily activities, including active ones such as driving, golfing, jogging, gardening and traveling.
If you have any further questions about the TECNIS® Multifocal IOL, cataract surgery or the recovery process, be sure to speak with your doctor.
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1. Market Scope. The 2011 Comprehensive Report on the Global Presbyopia Correcting Surgery Market. St. Louis, MO: Market Scope LLC.
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