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Intraocular Lenses for Cataract Surgery







Have you been diagnosed with cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It’s a normal part of aging. Along with guidance from your eye care professional, the information below will help you understand your next steps.

Take a closer look at cataracts


What you should know and what you should expect as you start your journey toward a future without cataracts.

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Find a cataract surgeon near you


Use our Cataract Surgeon Finder tool to locate a surgeon near you who offers a range of intraocular lens (or IOL) options.



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Download our discussion guide


You and your doctor have an important choice to make about the kind of cataract replacement intraocular lens you receive.



Understanding Cataract Symptoms


Be sure to discuss your symptoms with your eye care professional

With cataracts you may experience:




 Blurred vision



 Trouble seeing at night



 Light and glare sensitivity



 Seeing halos around lights



 Fading or yellowing of colors



 Double vision



 Frequent changes to your vision prescriptions

Experiencing any of these symptoms?


Click the button below to discover which intraocular lens may be right for you.



What happens during cataract surgery?


Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgical procedures.1 It's an exciting opportunity to renew your vision and see life clearly again. The procedure takes 10-15 minutes, plus 1-2 hours for recovery.2

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The surgeon removes your clouded lens and replaces it with a new, artificial lens


You’ll receive local anesthetics to numb the area around your eye and you may be given a sedative to help you relax.2

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Recovery after cataract surgery is usually very quick


Within a few days most patients can return to their daily activities, with vision improving over time.2

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After surgery, your doctor will monitor the healing process


Patients usually see their doctor a day or two after surgery, the following week, and then again after one month.2

Alcon’s trusted and proven intraocular lens platform has been implanted in more than 125 million eyes globally.3



What kind of vision would you like after surgery?


Depending on the lens you and your surgeon select, cataract surgery may also help you become less dependent on glasses, or even spectacle-free.4-8



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Clareon® PanOptix®

The first and only trifocal lens available in the United States. Enjoy a full range of vision and exceptional clarity, and reduce your need for glasses.4,7



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Clareon® Vivity®


Allows you to see clearly at far and intermediate distances.5 You may require glasses for reading small print.5



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Clareon® Toric


Provides clear distance vision while correcting astigmatism.8 You may need glasses for clear near and intermediate vision.8



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Clareon® Monofocal


Provides clear distance vision.6,9,10 You may need glasses for clear near and intermediate vision.6





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DESCRIPTION: The Clareon® Family of Lenses are artificial lenses implanted in the eye of adult patients following cataract surgery. The Clareon® Aspheric Hydrophobic Acrylic IOLs are designed to allow for clear distance vision. However, you will likely still need glasses for reading and for distance vision particularly if you already have astigmatism. The Clareon®PanOptix® Trifocal Hydrophobic IOL is a type of multifocal lens (sometimes called “presbyopia-correcting IOL”) designed to allow for clear distance, intermediate, and near vision with the potential to be more independent of the need to use glasses for daily tasks. The Clareon® Vivity® Extended Vision Hydrophobic Posterior Chamber IOL provides clear distance vision, and better intermediate and some near vision compared to a monofocal IOL. The Clareon® Aspheric Toric, Clareon® PanOptix® Toric, and Clareon® Vivity® Toric IOLs are also designed to correct pre-existing corneal astigmatism, which is the inability of the eye to focus clearly at any distance because of difference curvatures on the cornea, and provide distance vision.


WARNINGS / PRECAUTIONS: You may experience and need to contact your eye doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms after cataract surgery: itching, redness, watering of your eye, sensitivity to light. The safety and effectiveness of these IOLs have not been established in patients with eye conditions, such as an increase in eye pressure (glaucoma) or complications of diabetes in the eye (diabetic retinopathy). As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. These risks may include but are not limited to infection, damage to the lining of the cornea, the retinal layer which lines the inside back wall of your eye may become separated from the tissue next to it (retinal detachment), inflammation or swelling inside or outside the eye, damage to the iris (the colored diaphragm around the pupil), or an increase in eye pressure that cannot be controlled by medicine and secondary surgical procedure. There is a possibility that the IOL may be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. This may result in less improvement or a reduction in vision, or it may cause visual symptoms. The Clareon® Aspheric Toric, Clareon® PanOptix® Toric, and Clareon® Vivity® Toric IOLs correct astigmatism only when placed in the correct position in the eye. There is a possibility that these Toric IOLs could be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. This may result in less improvement or a reduction in vision because your astigmatism has not been fully corrected, or it may cause visual symptoms. With the Clareon® PanOptix® and Clareon® Vivity® IOLs, there may be a loss of sharpness of your vision that may become worse in dim light or in foggy conditions. There is also a possibility that you may have some visual effects such as rings or circles (halos) around lights at night. You may also have trouble seeing street signs due to bright lights or glare from oncoming headlights.


ATTENTION: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Prior to surgery, ask your eye doctor to provide you with the Patient Information Brochure for the lens to be implanted. This Brochure which will inform you of the risks and benefits associated with the IOL. Discuss any questions about possible risks and benefits associated with your eye doctor.




1. Davis G. The Evolution of Cataract Surgery. Mo Med. 2016;113(1):58-62.

2. Cataract Surgery. Mayo Clinic web page. Accessed March 8, 2023.

3. Alcon data on file, 2020.

4. Clareon® PanOptix® Trifocal Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL Model CNWTT0 Directions for Use.

5. Clareon® Vivity® Extended Vision Hydrophobic IOL (CNWET0) Directions for Use – USA.

6. Alcon data on file, 2023.

7. Zhu D, Ren S, Mills K, Hull J, Dhariwal M. Rate of Complete Spectacle Independence with a Trifocal Intraocular Lens: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis. Ophthalmol Ther. 2023;12(2):1157-1171.

8. Clareon® Toric Directions for Use.

9. Lehmann R, Maxwell A, Lubeck DM, Fong R, Walters TR, Fakadej A. Effectiveness and Safety of the Clareon Monofocal Intraocular Lens: Outcomes from a 12-Month Single-Arm Clinical Study in a Large Sample. Clin Ophthalmol. 2021;15:1647-1657. Published 2021 Apr 20.

10. Werner L, Thatthamla I, Ong M, et al. Evaluation of clarity characteristics in a new hydrophobic acrylic IOL. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2019;45:1490-1497.