FAQ

See all of your world in focus.

In this section you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact an Apthera lens eye doctor near you. To find an eye doctor near you, click here.

The Apthera intraocular lens (IOL) is a replacement lens exclusively designed to give you the advantage of clear, focused vision to enjoy life’s most important moments. The Apthera lens, an advanced extended depth of focus IOL, offers small aperture technology combined with a reliable, high-quality monofocal IOL, allowing you to see your world in focus, whether you’re concentrating on what’s right in front of you, or beyond. See life in focus.

Monofocal (or standard) IOL designs provide clear vision at only one focal point, usually distance. That means objects or people close up will appear blurry and require glasses to see. Even some advanced IOL designs that offer near, intermediate, and distance vision can only provide clear vision at specific focal points (usually two or three), so objects that are between those specific focal points may appear blurry.

Only the Apthera IOL offers small aperture technology that can filter away the unfocused light that causes blurry zones. This seamlessly expands your range of vision—so you can see objects, people, even text—across the full range of focal lengths.1

Astigmatism is a very common condition in which the cornea at the front of the eye is curved in a way that impacts the eye’s ability to focus light, causing distorted vision.

Presbyopia is progressive vision condition that typically starts after 40 years of age. Over time the eye’s natural lens becomes too stiff to focus light making it difficult to see objects clearly up close. The Apthera lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by filtering away the unfocused light that causes blurry vision and allows only focused light to reach the retina. This seamlessly expands your range of vision so you can see clearly from near to far without blurry zones.1

After cataract surgery, you can expect your vision to improve over the next few days and weeks. Your vision may seem cloudy, blurry or distorted until your eyes have time to recover from surgery and adjust to the new intraocular lens. Optimal results are usually achieved between one and three months post-operatively. Visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns and compliance with your doctor’s post-operative instructions (e.g. follow-up visits, medications).

The Apthera lens is designed to provide a full range of vision from near to far. You may need reading glasses if you are working in dim light, performing a near task for a prolonged period of time or attempting to read very tiny print.1

After a thorough eye examination and reviewing your medical history, your doctor will determine if cataract surgery with the Apthera lens is suitable for you. Candidates include those that who are looking for a seamless vision from near to far, and everything in-between, including those with low amounts of astigmatism (as much as 1.5 diopters). 1

The Apthera lens offers many advantages, including:

  • Providing vision across a full range, without blur1
  • Helps cataract patients who have a low amount of astigmatism1*
  • Filters away unfocused light with small aperture technology1
  • Works seamlessly in bright and low light conditions1
  • Customizable to achieve your best personal vision

*as much as 1.5 diopters (D)

  • To find out if the Apthera lens is right for you:
    • Talk to your doctor about your options
    • Get a comprehensive eye exam
    • Discuss your vision goals with your eye doctor
    • Review the risks and benefits