Posted by: Carolinas Center for Sight in Cataract Surgery

Carolinas Centers for Sight Surgeons (from left to right): Dr. Howard Greene, Dr. Samuel Seltzer, & Dr. Vivek Vasuki

Florence, SC – Carolinas Centers for Sight, a leading eye care practice in South Carolina was the first practice in the Pee Dee Region to offer the new AcrySof®IQ PanOptix® trifocal lens to patients undergoing cataract surgery. The PanOptix® lens, clinically shown to deliver an exceptional combination of near, immediate, and distance vision, is the first and only trifocal intraocular lens approved in the U.S. by the FDA. 

Dr. Samuel E. Seltzer, founder of Carolinas Centers for Sight and widely-respected board-certified ophthalmologist, implanted the first four trifocal lenses in Florence on Thursday, September 12. These surgical patients were from the Pee Dee as well as the Grand Strand and are amongst the first recipients of this state-of-the-art technology in the Southeast.

Dr. Samuel Seltzer with the first patient to receive a PanOptix® Trifocal lens implant in the Pee Dee Region.

“We are proud to be the first in our area to offer this revolutionary IOL technology to our cataract and refractive lens exchange patients,” says Samuel E. Seltzer, MD. “This lens is the first of its kind to give patients all three ranges of vision and can be an alternative to LASIK in patients over 50 years old.”

The new trifocal IOL from PanOptix® uses a proprietary design, ENLIGHTEN® Optical Technology, that optimizes an individual’s intermediate vision in various lighting conditions without compromising his or her near and distance vision. Statistics from a pivotal study at 12 investigation sites in the U.S. showed that 99% of patients would choose the lens again. This trifocal IOL technology is already in use in more than 70 countries. 

All board-certified ophthalmologists at Carolinas Centers for Sight are offering the PanOptix® trifocal lens including Samuel E. Seltzer, MD, Howard N. Greene, MD, and Vivek P. Vasuki, MD. This new lens implant continues a long tradition of Carolinas Centers for Sight bringing surgical innovation to the Pee Dee. 

Carolinas Centers for Sight has been providing medical/surgical ophthalmology services to residents in North and South Carolina for nearly 30 years with a main campus in Florence, as well as 4 additional satellite offices in Dillon, Hartsville, Loris, and Sumter, South Carolina. The Florence Surgery and Laser Center (FSLC), located adjacent to their eye care clinic in Florence, offers procedures such as bladeless femto laser cataract surgery, multifocal/astigmatism premium lens implants, and glaucoma, retinal, and oculoplastic procedures.