HOW CAN I BE CONFIDENT THAT THE VIVITY LENS IS SAFE?
WILL I BE ABLE TO GIVE UP MY GLASSES ALTOGETHER WITH A VIVITY LENS?
Not necessarily. Most patients achieve excellent visual acuity, meaning their vision is sharper for distance and intermediate vision in both bright and dim lighting. This is especially important for those that spend a lot of time in front of computers. You may still need to use reading glasses for some close-up activities. Many patients with Vivity lenses are able to check a message on their smartphone or read a label at the store without glasses. They may need their glasses to do fine detailed reading and/or work.
HOW WILL VIVITY AFFECT MY ASTIGMATISM?
The Vivity lens is available in a toric IOL model so that astigmatism can be corrected at the time of cataract surgery.
CAN VIVITY BE USED IF I HAVE ANOTHER EYE CONDITION?
Some multifocal lenses don’t work well unless the patient has eyes that are in excellent shape. This means that they have no issues like dry eye syndrome. So far, ophthalmologists are reporting that they have used Vivity with success in patients with glaucoma, as well as patients with some macular disorders. Your ophthalmologist will evaluate whether you are a good candidate for a Vivity IOL.
WILL MEDICARE PAY FOR A VIVITY LENS?
Unfortunately, Medicare and most other insurance will only pay for cataract surgery with a monovision lens. This means that you need to choose correction for either distance or close-up vision. You will likely be dependent on glasses for other vision needs. If you are interested in a premium lens like Vivity, your insurance will pay for the procedure. You will need to pay out-of-pocket for the special lens.