Dr. Robert Lehmann was one of 12 doctors invited to participate in a trial to surgically implant PanOptix® tri-focal lenses in patients suffering from cataracts.
Patients who had the procedure were evaluated at regular intervals after surgery and data were presented by the FDA. The procedure was approved in August 2019. Once cataracts are removed, the implanted lens provides near, far, and mid-range vision.
“I am so pleased that this lens, in a period of two years, is available now, and patients are able to enjoy it,” Lehmann said.
Doyle Tibbitts, an avid fisherman from Broaddus, was one of the first patients to have the procedure. When he participated in the test in 2017, he couldn’t see well enough to knot his fishing line. Tibbitts' cataracts clouded his vision beyond what glasses could repair.
“I knew going in to (the procedure) that it hadn’t been approved,” Tibbetts said. “There’s some form of unknown that we were walking into. I knew when I reached that unknown that I would be in capable hands.”
Following the surgery, Tibbits didn't need glasses. More than 99% of PanOptix patients in the FDA clinical study said they would choose the same lens again.
“It’s made my eyes like I’m 20 years old again,” Tibbitts said. ‘It’s improved my life tremendously. Just the fact that you can see good without having to reach in your pocket and pull out glasses and things of that nature. I’m a little more protective of my eyes now, because I’m afraid of messing something up.”
Lehmann has participated in hundreds of clinical trials and said the purpose of the studies is to advance new and improved procedures to help patients see better and longer.
“I just think it brings the greatest amount of joy to a patient when you can correct (their vision), and now the lens comes available to correct astigmatism as well,” Lehmann said. “It’s such a rewarding feeling to know that you’ve changed someone’s life in a positive way.”
The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Intraocular Lens (IOL) is a type of multifocal IOL used to focus images clearly onto the back of your eye to allow clear vision after the cataract removal. In addition, the center of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL allows for better near vision and intermediate vision versus what a monofocal lens could provide.
The doctors of Lehmann Eye Center help patients identify and treat cataracts. Please call Lehmann Eye Center at 936-569-8278 to schedule your comprehensive eye exam to find out if you are a candidate for PanOptix.
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