Full-Range Focus After Cataract Surgery
Multifocal IOLs can help patients experience improved distance vision and close focus with a single lens. At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC in Philadelphia, PA, we can place multifocal IOLs as part of cataract surgery in order to provide patients with clearer vision and greater freedom from corrective eyewear. If you need cataract surgery and lead an active lifestyle that makes glasses and contacts a burden, our surgeons can determine if a multifocal IOL is right for you.
What Are Multifocal IOLs?
While traditional monofocal lenses can improve either distance vision or close vision, they cannot improve both. Following cataract surgery with monofocal IOLs, patients can expect to need corrective eyewear for certain tasks, such as reading or driving. However, multifocal IOLs help you achieve focus at a range of distance and can reduce or eliminate your dependency on glasses or contacts.
How Do They Work?
Multifocal IOLs are designed with a series of focus powers. A closer look at a multifocal lens reveals a pattern that looks similar to the rings inside a tree, and each ring represents a change in focus power. This not only allows them to help you achieve focus at different ranges, but to also experience fluid transitions in focus between those distances. In the weeks following your surgery, your brain will learn to adjust to the lenses so that you can complete tasks such as cooking and reading distant billboards without having to put on your glasses.
Patients treated with multifocal IOLs have reported very high satisfaction rates.
Are You a Candidate?
If you are a patient with cataracts who wishes to minimize or eliminate your dependency on corrective eyewear, multifocal IOLs may be right for you. During your consultation, one of our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine which IOL is the best fit for your needs. If you choose to undergo cataract surgery with multifocal IOLs, it is important to maintain realistic expectations about the procedure. Although multifocal lenses can help you achieve better vision without contacts or glasses, certain tasks such as reading extra fine print may still require corrective eyewear.
What to Expect after Surgery
Although patients treated with multifocal IOLs have reported very high satisfaction rates, these patients also report experiencing halos and glare more often than those who receive monofocal IOLs. During your consultation with our surgeons, we encourage you to be frank about your goals and to ask plenty of questions. Meanwhile, you can expect that your surgeon will take all the time necessary to ensure that you feel informed and confident regardless of how you choose to address your cataracts.
Schedule a Consultation
The surest way to determine whether you are a good candidate for multifocal IOLs is to schedule a consultation. Our physicians are ready to help you choose a treatment plan that addresses your needs and helps you see your world in the best possible clarity. To schedule your consultation and learn more about our advanced surgical options, contact us online or call our office nearest you.