Game-Changer

Trifocal lens leaves patients glasses-free following cataract surgery.

During her long career as a bookkeeper and payroll administrator, Debbie Gentry worked for several large corporations. None of them gave her the satisfaction she received while working for 18 years at NASA.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Since being fit with the PanOptix lens, Debbie is living glasses-free.

“Best job ever,” Debbie raves. “It’s such a great place, and what they do with the space program is so unique. There really is no place like it. I was fortunate to have been there and to have been a part of it.”

With an office just three miles from the launch sites, Debbie was also fortunate to have what amounted to a front-row seat for shuttle launches. At first, she didn’t even need glasses to see them, but that soon changed.

Shortly after turning 40, Debbie began needing glasses to see far and near. By the time she retired, she wearied of wearing glasses and decided to get LASIK surgery. But that plan was soon altered by Alexandros Pappas, DO, of Pinnacle Eye Center.

“Debbie came to us last November saying she really wanted to get out of her glasses, but I had to tell her that LASIK surgery wasn’t going to work for her.” Dr. Pappas explains. “The reason being that Debbie had developed cataracts.”

Common among people of Debbie’s age, cataracts typically develop from clumping of the eye’s lens fibers and proteins. This can result in blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light, glare, and a reduction in the vibrancy of colors.

Pinnacle Eye Center specializes in general ophthalmologic and cataract treatment in addition to treating glaucoma, a condition that can cause damage to the nerve connecting the eye to the brain, so Debbie went to the right place.

Dr. Pappas explained she would need cataract surgery, not LASIK, to clear her vision. The good news was that during the surgery, he could replace her natural lens with the PanOptix® lens, a revolutionary intraocular trifocal lens that would make her truly glasses-free.

Unlike standard or traditional multifocal lenses, the latter of which can correct distance and either near or intermediate vision, the PanOptix addresses all three: distance, intermediate, and near vision.

“This lens is a game-changer,” Dr. Pappas exudes. “I don’t typically recommend it for patients with glaucoma or macular degeneration, but if you have an otherwise healthy eye, it’s exceptional. For patients who are good candidates, it’s become my go-to lens for them.”

Dr. Pappas went there with Debbie, who has the kind of healthy eyes that made her a perfect recipient for the PanOptix lens. She quickly agreed with his recommendation and is now living the glasses-free lifestyle she long sought.

“I don’t need glasses to see in the distance, to drive or even read,” Debbie reports. “I see great, so I couldn’t be happier. And I really like Dr. Pappas.
He puts you at ease and explains everything very well. I definitely recommend him.”

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    • Pinnacle Eye Center

      Pinnacle Eye Center offers complete eye care services, including Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma Management & Surgery, Refractive Surgery (LASIK & PRK), as well as comprehensive & preventative eye care. Pinnacle Eye Center util... Read More

    • Regine Pappas, MD

      Regine Pappas, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon and fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist. She earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1989. She completed a residency program i... Read More

    • Alexandros Pappas, DO

      Alexandros Pappas, DO, is a board-eligible comprehensive ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville and medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lau... Read More