Multifocal Intraocular Lenses Improving Outcomes from Cataract Surgery

By PasadenaEye
March 15, 2016

Cataract removal surgery is nothing new. However, the way that ophthalmologists approach this procedure has evolved thanks to innovative medical advances. Rather than replace clouded lenses with a standard monofocal lens, or IOL, physicians can now customize this replacement lens to each individual patient.

A monofocal lens is customized for distance vision only. In order to reduce the need for corrective eyewear, some patients have elected to have one prescription placed in one eye, and another in the other eye. One prescription is for distance, and one for near vision. While the strategic use of monofocal lenses has improved outcomes from cataract surgery, the myriad of multifocal lenses on the market today have made a significant impact.

Clarity after Cataract Surgery
Although the removal of a clouded lens has a positive effect on visual acuity, most patients continue to rely on corrective eyewear to some degree. For instance, reading glasses may be necessary depending on the overall health of the retina after cataract surgery.

Because every situation is unique, it is impossible to predict the extent to which reliance on eyeglasses will be reduced with a quality intraocular lens. Some patients find that they never need corrective lenses, while others require them for either distance or near vision at all times. In most cases, reliance on eyeglasses is somewhere right in the middle, and is determined by a number of factors.

Corrective eyewear may be needed for visually demanding activities. Patients with astigmatism, as well, may continue to need assistance with acuity. According to clinical research, patients treated with multifocal lenses obtain the highest quality of vision when compared to those treated with monofocal lenses.

One of the primary advantages seen with the use of a multifocal IOL is that close-up tasks become easier. This eases them of the necessity to keep reading glasses handy at all times so that they may read text messages, bottle labels, menus, and other small print.

Thousands of eye procedures have been performed by our experienced physicians. During your consultation, we will make sure that you have all the information you need to confidently choose the right vision correction.

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