Nashville, TN | First Laser Trifocal Lens Implant in Tennessee | Wang Vision Institute
Jeanea Weigel: They called and said, "We've got good news. We've got this new lens out and it's going to be the first time in the United States. Would you be interested in it?" I said, absolutely.
Dr. Josh Frenkel: Jeanea was the first laser-assisted implantation of the trifocal lens, the PanOptix lens, in Tennessee. It's a game changer. I mean, it really is. It's probably the biggest jump in lens technology in well over a decade. It's something that, to me, can make so many more people happy. Traditionally, we've only had access to two focal points, so basically kind of bifocal lenses. This actually splits it into technically four points, but they wind up being three focal points. That's where the trifocal comes. It's distance, intermediate and near. It gives a nice continuum of vision.
Jeanea Weigel: I was very nervous, very, very nervous. I was worried that it would hurt, which still blows my mind that there was absolutely no pain with my eye whatsoever.
Dr. Josh Frenkel: It went extremely smoothly, couldn't have planned it any better. Everything was great. She was a great patient. The staff did a great job.
Jeanea Weigel: Being there, we were probably there maybe 50 minutes total. The surgery was approximately 10 minutes. Again, that just blows my mind too because they're taking your natural lens out and then putting a new one in in 10 minutes. It was absolutely incredible.
Dr. Josh Frenkel: Most people are back to doing normal activities with just minimal kind of lifting restrictions the next day. I mean, you can go, if you're at a desk or something, you can go back to work the next day basically.
Jeanea Weigel: I can't believe I just had major eye surgery yesterday. I mean, I can read perfect, even the teeny tiniest line on the little board that they give you to read. I can read it.
Dr. Josh Frenkel: Seeing basically all the letters on the chart, I mean, they were at distance, intermediate and near. I've never seen patients who can read at all three levels like that, especially on the first day after surgery. I was blown away. I thought that our tech was lying to me. I thought she was just messing with me when she told me the vision.
Tripp Weigel: It went fantastic, no pain whatsoever. She was a happy camper last night. I was like, oh, I'm going to have to take care of somebody after surgery and all this, and she just was doing wonderful. Then when she said, "I wished I'd of done this 10 years ago," that's when I knew, hey, that was pretty awesome.
Jeanea Weigel: Now that it's post surgery and not having any pain and just feeling this good in this eye, I wish I would have done it years ago. Of course, they didn't have this lens years ago, but I totally recommend it to everybody.