Multifocal Lens Implants
If both cataracts and the need for reading glasses impact your life, there are now intraocular lenses (IOLs) available that can provide you with both good distance vision and near vision. Standard monofocal IOLs typically correct for distance vision.
Now with new multifocal lens implants, we can customize your vision correction to increase your spectacle independence. Dr. Aizuss uses both the Alcon Acrysof Restor family of multifocal lenses, as well as the Johnson and Johnson Vision Tecnis family of multifocal lenses. Both groups of multifocal lenses now offer a range of vision options that can be personalized to fit your lifestyle and help you see better at a variety of distances and lighting conditions.
Mixing and Matching Multifocal Lenses
We can mix and match IOLs with different focal points in order to maximize spectacle independence. All multifocal lenses can result in noticeably more halos (rings of light around a light source) or reduced contrast sensitivity in lower light conditions than monofocal lenses. If these disadvantages outweigh the benefits, then you may be better off with a different approach to vision correction combined with your cataract surgery. No matter what type of implant you select, you still may find that glasses improve visual comfort for some tasks.
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What are the benefits of Multifocal Lens Implants?
A multifocal implant reduces spectacle dependence for near or intermediate distances depending on the implant chosen. Thus patients may find they don’t need any glasses for a broad range of activities especially when compared to standard or non-multifocal lens implants.
Alcon Activefocus Restor 2.5 Multifocal Lens Implant
What to Expect After Cataract Surgery
After cataract surgery, these patients will still require glasses for both intermediate vision tasks (like looking at a computer screen or playing cards) as well as near vision tasks (such as reading a book).
How long will it take for my eyes to get used to multifocal lens implants?
Most patients can return to their normal daily activities within 2-3 days after their cataract surgery. However, the focusing ability of your new lens will not be fully accurate for 6-8 weeks after surgery, as your eye must re-learn how to focus on objects at various distances. There is a slight learning curve after getting your implant. It takes a little time for the brain to get used to IOL implants. This can vary between patients; there has to be a desire to overcome any initial difficulty in adjusting to these IOLs.
How long do multifocal lenses last?
These lenses are meant to last for the remainder of the patient’s life. Don’t confuse them with soft contact lenses that have a lifespan.
What are the risks of getting multifocal lens implants?
The physical risks of having Dr. Aizuss implant a multifocal IOL are the same as having any type of IOL implanted. But these risks are very low, and they can usually be corrected by a simple additional procedure.
Specific to multifocal IOLs, some people have difficulty seeing at close distances. This isn’t universal at all, but it can occur in some patients. Reading glasses usually correct this problem. Some models of multifocal lenses focus on intermediate vision and distance, requiring reading glasses for closely held reading material. Others focus on near vision and distance vision but may require glasses for intermediate vision (such as working on a computer).
Some multifocal lens patients develop halos and glare around lights at night. They can also have reduced nighttime vision. For most patients, this phenomenon fades over time. Still, about one percent of multifocal recipients have persistent night vision complaints. These cases can be rectified by exchanging the lens for another type although we try to avoid intraocular lens exchanges whenever possible.
How long does the procedure take to have my cataract removed and a multifocal lens implanted?
Cataract surgery, no matter what type of IOL you have implanted, is the same. It is one of the world’s fastest, most successful surgeries, taking only about 10 minutes to perform.
What is my recovery from cataract surgery like?
Immediately after your procedure Dr. Aizuss will have you in an eye shield. It’s likely you’ll have this protective eye shield taped over your eye. You’ll need to wear this shield when sleeping for three nights. You’ll probably have somewhat blurry vision at first, but this isn’t a need for any concern. This will rapidly improve within just a few hours or days. Your eye may itch and be mildly uncomfortable, but you must not rub or exert any pressure on it.
You need to be careful to not elevate blood pressure to your head. That means behaviors such as bending down, strenuous exertion, or any lifting of more than just a few pounds is totally off limits. Eye drops will help with inflammation and infection, and they help control the pressure in the eye.
You can resume daily activities in a 2-3 days, but full healing can take up to two months. Surgery is done on only one eye at a time. If your other eye also needs surgery, we’ll schedule it for one to two weeks after this first surgery.
This is the physical “recovery.” Remember, it will take a few weeks for your eye to fully adjust to the multifocal aspect of your new lens.
Are multifocal lens implants covered by insurance?
Cataract surgery and the implantation of a monofocal intraocular lens are covered by private insurance and Medicare. This is deemed a required, necessary procedure so the patient can see without clouded vision moving forward.
However, multifocal IOLs are not deemed medically necessary, so they fall under the “elective” surgery moniker. That doesn’t mean your insurance company or Medicare won’t cover any part of it. Typically, they will pay for the cost of the surgery and the monofocal lens, and you pay the difference in cost for the multifocal lens out of pocket.
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Dr. David Aizuss from Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley proudly provides, Encino, West Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Reseda, CA with multifocal lens implants. Call today for your consultation at (818) 907-1038 or complete a Contact Form here!