Understanding Multifocal IOLs: An Intraocular Lens Option
Multifocal IOLs can provide clear vision at multiple distances, reducing the need for glasses after cataract surgery or a presbyopia diagnosis.
Cataracts are a common and natural part of aging that can lead to vision loss. But cataract surgery, which replaces the clouded lens of the eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL), can greatly improve your vision. One type of IOL is known as a multifocal IOL, which provides both near and far vision correction after cataract surgery. Below we will discuss what a multifocal IOL is, how it works, and the benefits of having one implanted.
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What Is a Multifocal Intraocular Lens and What Are the Benefits of Having One Implanted?
A multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) is a breakthrough in the field of ophthalmology, and is designed to provide improved vision outcomes for people who have experienced cataracts or presbyopia. Unlike traditional monofocal IOL lenses, multifocal IOLs correct both near and far-sighted vision, eliminating the need for reading glasses or bifocals and contact lenses afterward. This makes it an attractive choice for those looking to experience all of the benefits of life without corrective eyewear.
With multifocal lenses there is often no limitation on available activities, from night driving to reading a book — you can experience what it’s like to see clearly in any environment!
Multifocal IOL Costs and Insurance Coverage
The cost of multifocal intraocular lens implants can vary depending on the type being used. Generally, multifocal IOLs are more expensive than traditional monofocal lens implants due to their advanced technology.
The good news is that insurance plans may cover portions of the cost depending on their coverage and deductible options. It’s worth doing your research and checking with your insurance provider to find out whether this kind of procedure would be covered by your plan.
Multifocal IOLs might be pricey up front but could save you money in the long run through freedom from having to purchase corrective lenses or contacts on a regular basis!
Multifocal IOL FAQs
What Are the Side Effects of Having a Multifocal IOL Implanted?
Some patients experience some mild side effects post-surgery, such as halos and starbursts around bright lights. Fortunately these effects are generally temporary. Usually within the first weeks or months after surgery, these effects will have subsided, allowing you to enjoy all of the benefits that come with your new lenses.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Multifocal IOL Implant?
As you consider multifocal lens implants during your upcoming cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange, it’s important to find out if it’s the right option for you. Multifocal IOLs can be a great choice for those who want to reduce their dependence on glasses after surgery; however, they are not suitable for everyone.
Your eye doctor will advise you on the best choice for a lens implant based on factors such as:
• The condition of your eyes
• The size and shape of your pupils
They can also provide other alternatives that may work better for you.
Consult With an Experienced Eye Surgeon at Berkeley Eye Center
If you’re interested in learning more about multifocal IOLs or whether you may be a good candidate for cataract surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team of experienced doctors and staff will work closely with you to answer all your questions and guide you through the process of improving your vision and your life!