Trifocal Q&A


LT: Hi, Dr. Keamy. I understand you just returned from a product launch event in San Francisco. I want to hear about it, so let’s get started.

JK: That’s right, Laura, I was at an event for a trifocal cataract lens, the first of its kind and, wow, it is fantastic! It provides a full range of vision – near, far, and intermediate. Before Alcon’s PanOptix innovation, patients had three choices:
1. Near or far monovision with readers or progressive eyeglasses to correct the other vision range.
2. Go with one of each and leave the brain to sort it out.
3. Or, a bifocal lens covering the near and far ranges but NOT the intermediate.

LT: Why is the inclusion of intermediate vision such a breakthrough? What is intermediate vision, anyway?

JK: Our intermediate vision is engaged when we use computers; cellphones; any digital device, really. It’s what we call on for many sports such as golfing, swimming, hunting. Additionally, the lens works very well in multiple lighting environments. Plus, it corrects astigmatism!

LT: What is the critical issue for you when presenting the trifocal option to a patient?

JK: My go-to for all patients all the time is a thorough consultation! When presenting the PanOptix, I determine the patient’s “vision lifestyle.” Does the patient work on a computer or drive a vehicle for a living? How about sports? What about “close” work such as mechanics or reading? I make sure the patient understands all the options before choosing what is best for them.

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