Do you dream of freedom from reading glasses and bifocals? Continuous Vision from McDonald Eye Associates in Fayetteville or Rogers, Arkansas, may be right for you. Our goal is and has always been to provide all of our patients with their most optimal vision possible, regardless of their age and eye condition.
Specially developed to provide blended, functional vision at all distances, Continuous Vision may be the best option for many cataract patients and individuals with poor reading vision who wish to leave their glasses behind.
Your Aging Eyes
Beyond the age of 40, most people begin to have more difficulty reading fine print and seeing close objects clearly. This condition is called presbyopia. The eye’s lens gradually loses elasticity over the years, and this makes it difficult to focus on nearby items, leading most people to rely on reading glasses or bifocals.
A cataract is a gradual clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cataracts interfere with vision and can ultimately make even the most simple of tasks difficult. Before a cataract reaches this point, it should be replaced with an artificial lens that provides clear vision.
Thanks to recent advances in diagnostic and replacement lens technology, the surgeons at McDonald Eye Associates are now able to address both cataracts and presbyopia at the same time in a procedure identical to cataract surgery. McDonald Eye Associates is one of the first ophthalmology practices in the United States to apply this technology in a way that benefits most lens replacement patients.
Three out of four Continuous Vision patients are completely free of dependence on glasses.
In traditional cataract surgery, clear distance vision is typically restored, but the vast majority of patients require glasses for reading or to fine-tune distance vision. Continuous Vision addresses this in two ways:
Personalized Treatment with Advanced Diagnostic Testing
The eye care professionals and surgeons at McDonald Eye Associates use sophisticated technology not utilized in a conventional cataract evaluation to precisely measure your eyes’ characteristics, and your surgeon will discuss your individual needs in depth. In addition to gathering detailed analysis of your eyes, we also match the right lens technology to the visual demands of your unique lifestyle. By personalizing our approach to your specific visual needs, we are able to reduce or completely eliminate your need for glasses.
The SofPort Advanced Optics™ Lens
The SofPort Advanced Optics lens by Bausch & Lomb is frequently used by McDonald Eye Associates for Continuous Vision. The lens has a unique shape that provides increased contrast sensitivity and visual clarity. These features allow for better night vision and fewer side effects such as glare and halos.
How Continuous Vision Works
When the Advanced Optics lens in one eye is focused for near vision and a second is focused for distance vision in the other eye, the brain smoothly combines the vision of the two eyes, leading to excellent vision at all distances, with sharp contrast and superb visual clarity. The effect is similar to monovision with contact lenses, but Continuous Vision is permanent and requires no maintenance other than yearly eye check-ups.
Continuous Vision is considerably less expensive than other advanced lens exchange procedures that reduce dependence on glasses and is extremely effective for most patients. The standard insurance or Medicare reimbursement for cataract surgery covers most of the cost, with additional out-of-pocket costs per eye for those not requiring surgical correction for astigmatism. For those patients requiring the surgical correction of astigmatism, the cost is still much lower than other lenses.
Life After Continuous Vision
Continuous Vision offers the possibility of a simpler, easier life with greater or even total freedom from glasses. If you choose to have the Continuous Vision procedure, your cataracts will not return. This is because the artificial lenses used in Continuous Vision can never become cloudy.