What Stores Sell Tecnis Intraocular Lenses?


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Tecnis intraocular lenses are not available in stores. Intraocular lenses are surgically implanted in a procedure that requires an appropriate medical setting. They can be sold only by or at the order of a physician and cannot be sold over the counter under U.S. law. Abbott Medical Optics produces Tecnis multifocal intraocular lenses and sells them to licensed optometrists and dispensers.

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Intraocular lenses are medical devices that are surgically implanted in the eye of a patient to replace the patient’s natural lens that is removed during surgery for cataracts. Opticians developed intraocular lenses during the 1980s, but they have only recently become viable options to patients due to FDA approval and advances in surgical techniques. Prior to their availability, patients who had their natural lenses removed due to cataracts had no choice but to wear thick glasses, because there was no alternative available to replace the natural lens following surgery.

Tecnis multifocal intraocular lenses are available in three aspheric prescriptions that improve results by conforming to the natural shape of the cornea and reducing the occurrence of optical aberrations such as halos and night glare. They are also available in prescription strengths and contain three focal points that make it possible for many wearers to eliminate the need for glasses by allowing visual correction at near, intermediate and far distances. As with all surgeries, there are risks of complications and unintended results that require additional surgery, but Abbott Medical Optics reports customer satisfaction between 85 and 97 percent among users of Tecnis intraocular lenses.

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