It’s important to speak to your ophthalmologist before your surgery to make sure
you understand what to expect and how to care for your eyes after surgery.




Some cataracts develop slowly, some cataracts develop quickly. You may find that over time glasses and/or contacts that worked before are no longer enough to help you see clearly.

When your cataracts start to affect daily tasks like reading or driving, it may be time to think about cataract surgery.1,2


You can start by talking about your vision with an eye care professional, who will examine your eyes to determine whether cataracts are causing your vision problems and, if required, refer you to an ophthalmologist


Your ophthalmologist will review your vision history, run tests and determine if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery.


If you and your ophthalmologist agree that cataract surgery is right for you, this is a good time to tell your ophthalmologist how you would like to see after cataract surgery so you can choose the lens option best suited to your vision goals.



During cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes the cloudy natural lens (the cataract) from your eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL).2


Cataract surgery is a routine procedure that generally lasts less than 30 minutes.


Cataract surgery is a routine procedure that generally lasts less than 30 minutes.


The procedure generally involves the following steps:

A topical anaesthetic is applied to numb your eye(s).
A tiny incision is made in the cornea.
A specialized instrument is used to break up and remove the cataract.
A new intraocular lens implant (IOL) is inserted where the cataract once was.
You may be given an eye patch to use for a short time after the procedure.

Your new lens is designed to become a permanent part of your eye, just like the natural lens that you were born with. Once it’s in place, you won’t be able to see or feel it and it doesn’t need any special care.2




Recovery from cataract surgery is usually very quick, and most patients get back to regular activities soon after surgery. 3 You will need to use eye drops after the surgery. Be sure to follow your ophthalmologist’s instructions.



As with any surgery, the possibility of complications does exist; however, cataract surgery is very common and has a high success rate.4,5,6



People have cataract surgery every year in North America.5,6


Complications are uncommon and most can be treated successfully.
Cataract surgery risks include:


• Inflammation

• Infection

• Bleeding

• Swelling

• Retinal detachment

• Glaucoma

• Secondary cataract

• Loss of vision


The risk of complications increases if you have a pre-existing eye disease or a medical condition1. Discuss the risks of cataract surgery with your doctor.


AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Presbyopia Correcting Intraocular Lenses
Important Product Information

The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix ® Presbyopia Correcting Intraocular Lens is intended for primary implantation in the capsular bag in the posterior chamber for the visual correction of aphakia secondary to removal of a cataractous lens in adult patients with and without presbyopia, who desire near, intermediate and distance vision with increased spectacle independence.

As with any surgical procedure, there are associated risks. Careful preoperative evaluation and sound clinical judgment should be used by the surgeon to decide the risk/benefit ratio before implanting a lens of this type. This is particularly so in a patient with any of the conditions described in the AcrySof ® IQ PanOptix® physician labeling. Some patients may experience visual disturbances and/or difficulty seeing due to the multifocal lens design, especially under dim light conditions. As with other multifocal IOLs, visual symptoms may be significant enough that the patient will request explantation of an AcrySof ® IQ PanOptix® IOL. Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) may significantly affect the vision of patients with multifocal IOLs sooner in its progression than in patients with monofocal IOLs.

Refer to the Directions for Use labeling for Model TFNT00 for a complete listing of indications, warnings and precautions.


1. National Eye Institute Staff. Facts About Cataract. National Eye Institute. September 2009. Available at Accessed January 26, 2016.
2. Mayo Clinic Staff. What you can expect [Cataract Surgery]. Mayo Clinic. July 30, 2013. Available at Accessed January 27, 2016.
3. Allan Slomovic. Ask the Expert Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
4. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Staff. Cataract.
5. Alcon Canada. My Cataracts: What is cataract surgery?
6. Canadian Association of Optometrists. Cataract surgery in Canada: What you need to know according to the Canadian Journal of Optometry.