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Active Life Lenses

Now more than ever, you have the opportunity to make a lifestyle decision about your vision after cataract surgery. Mann Eye Institute offers several Active Life Lens options to choose from and our experienced cataract surgeons are dedicated to helping you achieve your personal best vision after cataract surgery.

With the selection of an Active Life Lens, our goal is not only to remove your cataract but to elevate your level of vision to reduce, and in some instances eliminate, your need for corrective eyewear after cataract surgery. Whether you have astigmatism, are nearsighted or farsighted, wearing readers due to presbyopia (over-40 vision), or have any combination of these issues, our exciting lens options could help you overcome your vision challenges and help you See Life Better.

During your consultation, your surgeon will recommend the lens that is right for you based on your unique vision prescription, eye health, goals for after surgery and lifestyle needs. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing advances in lens technology that our surgeons may recommend: 


TECNIS® Synergy™ IOL

The new TECNIS Synergy Multifocal IOL (intraocular lens) not only addresses presbyopia (blurry near vision) as part of your cataract surgery, it allows you to see a continuous range of high-quality vision from near to far and in between.

Studies show that people who chose the TECNIS Synergy™ lenses reported better visual acuity, or sharpness of vision, at near and intermediate distances, six months after surgery, when compared to those who received monofocal IOLs. The TECNIS Synergy™ group also reported less need for glasses than the monofocal IOL group.

This combination lens is designed to reduce your dependence on glasses and readers. How’s that for synergy?!

TECNIS® Synergy™ Toric IOL

The new TECNIS Synergy Toric lens offers the opportunity to address both presbyopia and astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery by providing a continuous range of vision while also addressing astigmatism.

What does that mean for you? Overall less need for glasses of any kind. This amazing combination lens can reduce your dependence on glasses, readers and correct your astigmatism.

AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens

This amazing IOL (intraocular lens) is the first and only trifocal lens of its kind available in the U.S. Implanting the PanOptix Trifocal Lens at the time of cataract surgery could mean more visual freedom in just about any setting! 

This Active Life Lens is revolutionary because it is designed to deliver focusing power at near, mid and far distances, reducing, and in some instances eliminating, the need for glasses, bifocals, trifocal and/or readers. Even if you have astigmatism! And when you can rely less on glasses, you can be free to See Life Better with greater freedom and less restriction.

The PanOptix Trifocal Lens is designed to work well in all situations—daylight, bright light, dim light and low light. That means whether you are working at the computer, reading a book, playing golf or driving to and watching your grandchild’s soccer game, all these activities can be made easier and more enjoyable with clear, crisp vision. 


TECNIS Symfony® Lens

We also offer the TECNIS Symfony Lens, which was the first Active Life Lens on the market to correct both astigmatism and provide sharp vision at far, intermediate and near distances. 

The introduction of the Symfony Lens is important—groundbreaking, even—because previously, people who had both presbyopia (over-40 reading vision issues) and astigmatism were unable to have an Active Life Lens that would correct all their vision needs. Not anymore!

Studies have shown that the Symfony Lens is beneficial for distance, intermediate and extended reading distances, while also able to correct astigmatism. Its major advantage is its increased depth of focus. In fact, studies show that, compared with patients who received a standard monofocal lens, those who received a Tecnis Symfony IOL achieved greater improvements in intermediate and near vision while maintaining similar distance vision. Patients in the Symfony group were also more likely to achieve a reduced need for glasses and improved visual performance in any lighting condition.


AcrySof® Toric Lens

Before the advent of modern cataract surgery using advanced lenses, cataract sufferers who also had astigmatism were left with very few options. Surgeons could remove their cataract and restore vision, but these patients would still be dependent on glasses for most or all of their daily tasks.

Today, there are many intraocular lenses created specifically for individuals with astigmatism. One such advanced technology is the AcrySof Toric Lens, and it has the power to deliver excellent all-around vision, including distance vision. We’re proud to offer it at Mann Eye Institute.

Specifically designed to allow the opportunity for visual freedom to people with astigmatism, the AcrySof Toric Lens received rave reviews in its initial FDA testing phase and continues to deliver solid, favorable results:

TECNIS® Multifocal IOL

See Life Better…even in low-light situations with the TECNIS Multifocal IOL. This Active Life Lens option utilizes wavefront lens technology to improve contrast so you can see with confidence, even in low-light settings.  

Safety is one of the most important benefits you’ll experience with the TECNIS Active Life Lens. When your functional vision is compromised, even if you have no problem reading the letters on an eye chart, you can be at a serious disadvantage in low-light situations because of the lack of contrast sensitivity. TECNIS addresses this beautifully.

The TECNIS lens is a wavefront-designed lens designed for improved functional vision in low-light environments. In addition to delivering sharp distance vision, the TECNIS lens, in many cases, can also correct pre-existing astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. A true win-win!


IC-8® Apthera IOL

Small Aperture Optics

Filter out peripheral distorted and aberrated low optical quality (OQ) light and deliver high OQ light to the retina, providing a seamless range of vision for patients.

Modernizing Monovision

The Apthera™ IOL is implanted monocularly, with your preferred monofocal or monofocal toric IOL in the other eye. With a small amount of near correction (-0.75 D) in the Apthera IOL eye and emmetropia in the fellow eye, patients achieve monofocal-like distance vision, while providing enhanced visual acuity through intermediate and near for everyday activities. Additionally, this intentional combination delivers binocular monofocal-like contrast sensitivity in bright and low light conditions.

The Choices

At Mann Eye Institute, we are fully committed to helping you See Life Better. And depending on the lens you choose for your Refractive Lens Exchange procedure, you may be able to experience improved vision at near, intermediate and far distances as well as correction of your astigmatism, improved contrast and even help with clarity in low-light settings.

Monofocal IOL

Monofocal lenses are often referred to as the standard lens because they can correct vision at a single distance. During cataract surgery, this lens is the only one that Medicare will usually cover.

Because it’s a basic intraocular lens, it does not correct astigmatism, and patients will need to wear glasses after cataract surgery. This is to ensure that they can see at other distances that the monofocal lens can’t correct.

There are no extra out-of-pocket expenses for patients that choose this lens, as Medicare covers this and cataract surgery.

Lens Brands

Acrysof IQ (Monofocal), Tecnis, Staar NanoFLEX IOL

Multifocal IOL

Multifocal lenses offer a continuous range of sight from distance to intermediate distances. Patients that choose multifocal lenses report fewer visual disturbances like halos.

Patients with a multifocal lens may need to use reading glasses when performing tasks like reading things with fine print. Multifocal IOLs are premium lenses, meaning you will have to pay out of pocket for them. These lenses have several regions with different powers. This allows people to see up-close, far away, and intermediate distances.

This lens can cause more glare and loss of contrast than monofocal or toric lenses. Multifocal lenses cannot correct astigmatism unless the lens comes in a toric model. Some patients may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery for clear vision.

Lens Brands

Acrysof IQ Restor, Symfony, Symfony Toric, AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision Intraocular Lens (IOL), AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™ Toric Extended Vision IOLs, AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™ Extended Vision UV Absorbing IOL, and AcrySof™ IQ Vivity™, Toric Extended Vision UV Absorbing IOLs

Toric IOL

Toric lenses share some similarities with monofocal lenses, but they are specifically designed to correct astigmatism. This allows patients with astigmatism to see well at a distance or far away.

They will then need to wear glasses to compensate for the distance that the lens didn’t correct for. Insurance, Medicare, and secondary insurances do not cover this lens, so there is an out-of-pocket expense. Many advanced lens implants will have a toric component. This enables an extended range of vision as well as astigmatism correction.

Lens Brands

Tecnis Toric, Staar C2 Aspheric Optic

Trifocal IOL

The trifocal lens provides clear vision up-close, far away, and at intermediate distances. Intermediate tasks include things like shaving, applying makeup, and working on a computer. Up-close tasks include sewing, writing, and reading.

This lens provides patients with good distance, computer, and reading vision. Some patients may see halos or starbursts in certain light conditions. There is an out-of-pocket expense for this premium lens.

Lens Brands

Panoptix, Panoptix Toric

Active Life Lens Procedures

Active Cataract Lens main photo

Advances in lens exchange procedures were developed to allow people like YOU to continue to live your life how YOU want to live it.

At Mann Eye Institute, we offer a variety of Active Life Lens procedures that can correct your cataracts AND get you out of your glasses or bifocals.

Win Win.

With our Active Life Lenses, we are able to customize each procedure to your individual vision needs and lifestyle.

So, whether you love to play tennis, swim, hike or even enjoy a great book, we have a procedure tailor-made to give you the opportunity to See Life Better.

What is an Active Life Lens?

Today patients have more choices than ever for the type of lens replacement that will best suit their needs and their lifestyles. Active Life Lenses™ offer many advantages, including the benefit of restoring vision to a greater degree than is possible using more basic lens procedures. Active Life Lenses allow the vast majority of patients the opportunity to see life better at a range of distances, including good eyesight at close range without the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

While none of today’s lens options can promise 20/20 vision at all distances, you can rest easy knowing that most patients who choose an Active Life Lens are glasses-free for most daily activities and thrilled with their vision after cataract surgery.

We offer several Active Life Lens options, all of which can focus at multiple distances but each with its own distinct advantages. Based on your vision needs and lifestyle, we will help you choose the lens best suited for you.

Active Life Lens Procedures
Active Life Lens Procedures

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The Mann Eye Institute is a leading eye care facility with seventeen locations in Humble, West Humble, Houston, Central Austin, North Austin, Sugar Land, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands, Livingston, Bay City, Pearland, Baytown, Tomball and Cleveland, Texas. With various locations in the Houston and Austin areas we can provide the full continuum of care, including; designer eyewear and eye care needs, LASIK eye surgery, cataract surgery, premium lens implants and dry eye treatment options. If you are seeking expert eye doctors in Texas contact us today!

Copperfield Office
6860 Highway 6 North, Ste. A
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 500-9605

Pearland Office
10223 Broadway St., Ste. J
Pearland, TX 77584
(281) 971-9332

Spring Office
2616 FM 2920 Ste. I
Spring, TX 77388
(281) 353-8300

Tomball Office
14079 FM 2920
Tomball, TX 77377
(346) 701-4029

Katy Office
750 Westgreen Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 392-3937

Humble - Deerbrook Office
9802 FM 1960 W, Ste. 110
Humble, Texas 77338
(281) 446-9333

Sugar Land Office
6424 E. Riverpark Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(713) 580-2525

Humble - S. Memorial Office
18850 S. Memorial Blvd.
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 446-7900

Livingston Office
1601 US-59 Loop North, Ste. 100
Livingston, Texas 77351
(936) 327-3937

Cleveland Office
429 West Southline
Cleveland, TX 77327
(281) 592-4343

Bay City Office
3612 Avenue F
Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 244-1450

Baytown Office
4750 East Freeway
Baytown, TX 77521
(281) 421-2020

South Austin Office
2600 Via Fortuna, Ste. 400
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-4123

North Austin Office
4314 W. Braker Lane Ste. 215
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 200-3937

Sun City Office
1530 Sun City Blvd., Ste. 150
Georgetown, TX 78633
(512) 327-3792

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