What makes multifocal lenses different from other lenses?
A multifocal IOL provides focus points at varying distances, providing sharper vision without corrective lenses throughout a full range of vision from near to far.
Standard (single vision) monofocal lens implants do not have the ability to provide a full range of vision. Most people who have single vision lens implants MUST wear glasses for middle and near vision.
One of the newest multifocal lenses is the PanOptix lens by Alcon. Below are a couple links describing the benefits of this lens as well as testimonials from patients who have had it implanted.
Can my vision be corrected to 20/20?
A multifocal IOL has been designed to focus your eyes at all distances after cataract surgery. While virtually everyone will experience a significant improvement in their uncorrected vision after surgery some people will not see 20/20 at all distances.
Many people who have not had surgery, are not able to see 20/20 at both near and far even with glasses or contact lenses. This is due to a variety of ocular and physiological problems as well as lifestyle preferences, yet most of these people function quite normally despite this reduction in their vision.
The clinical results for multifocal lenses indicate that over 90% of people never wear glasses for distance tasks, and about 80% of these same patients never wear glasses for near vision tasks.
Will I be able to read in all light conditions?
A multifocal lens functions very much like the normal human lens. It is important to remember that reading vision in low light is also influenced by the overall health of your eye and by the condition of the light sensors in the retina. As we get older, our ability to see in low light conditions may start to decrease. It is always best to read in good light conditions.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for a Multifocal?
Our doctors will perform a thorough examination and advise you of a customized treatment plan for correcting your vision. Almost everyone with good health is a candidate for implant surgery, but people with chronic infections, diabetes, or other problems may have to wait until these conditions are under control prior to surgery.
Should I have a multifocal lens put in both eyes?
Typically cataracts will develop in both eyes. If only one eye has a cataract, only one implant is necessary. If both eyes have cataracts and the vision in one eye is worse, your surgeon will generally elect to implant that eye first. If both eyes are the same, he usually starts with the ‘non-dominant’ eye. Our doctors will look at a number of factors in deciding which eye to implant first.
What will a multifocal procedure cost? Will insurance cover any of it?
If you have a cataract, your Medicare or private insurance will likely cover the cataract surgical procedure and anesthesia; and may also allow a certain additional amount for the lens implant. You are then required to pay a deductible as well as any additional amount above the primary coverage.
If you do not have a visually significant cataract, but wish to have the multifocal lens implanted to improve your distance and near vision, the procedure is viewed as elective by Medicare and private insurance companies.