Multifocal IOL Implants

Lens Implant Choices

Understanding Premium Lens Implants

The lens of your eye is an important structure. In order to see clearly at all distances (from up close to far away), your eye must be able to change its focus power. The lens of your eye is responsible for this change in focus—it changes its shape to bring whatever you’re looking at into clear focus. In your early 40’s, you lost the ability to see up close and required bifocals, or at least reading glasses. This was because, as we age, the lens hardens and cannot change its shape anymore, and in order to focus at different distances, more than one glasses prescription was required.

Like your aging natural lens, the implant cannot change its shape to help you see both up close and off at a distance. But several options are available to help you minimize—or even eliminate—your need for any type of glasses after cataract surgery.

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For instance, your eye doctor may place implants in your eyes with the appropriate strength for you to see well at a distance, and you can wear reading glasses when you want to see up close, such as for reading.

In recent years, several types of toric, bifocal and/or multifocal implants have been developed. These lenses allow you to see clearly at a variety of distances, decreasing or eliminating the need for glasses postoperatively. Several manufacturers, including Alcon, Advanced Medical Optics, and Eyeonics, have recently received approval from the FDA for new technology multi-focal lenses following cataract surgery. It should be noted, however, that multi-focal lens technology is evolving rapidly and patients are encouraged to consult with their doctor about these offerings.

Talk with your doctor about the various types of implants available, and their effects on your vision after surgery. You and your doctor will develop a plan that pairs you with the best type of implants for your eyes and your vision needs.

Choosing The Right Lens Option For You!

Multifocal VS. Monofocal

Monofocal IOLs:

  • Provide good vision at one distance (typically far vision)
  • Require reading glasses after surgery
  • Are covered by Medicare

Multifocal IOLs:

  • Correct vision for near, far and intermediate distances
  • Reduce the need for glasses
  • Are partially covered by Medicare (consult with staff)

Intraocular Lens Material and Design

Intraocular lenses come in a variety of materials and designs. Your cataract surgeon generally chooses a lens made of a material that is best suited to your individual situation. Most intraocular lenses used in our practice contain ultraviolet (UV) light filters. UV light rays have a known association to macular degeneration in some patients. We offer single focus, multi-focus and astigmatism-correcting intraocular lens options. Our cataract surgeons will help you select the best lens for your personal vision.

This website page discussing cataract surgery lens implants is intended to highlight relevant considerations in a summary manner and should not be interpreted as individual medical advice. Contact Kentucky Eye Institute directly if you have specific questions regarding cataract surgery. We hope that you have found our information regarding cataract surgery, cataract eye implants, premium lens implants for cataract surgery and choices regarding Kentucky eye cataract surgery useful.


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