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Standard IOL vs Multifocal IOL’s- A better Near, Intermediate and Distance.

Monday August 2013  |  Leave a Comment

Technology has advanced in so many ways, even giving you a better option for clear vision without the need for glasses or contacts. A premium Multifocal IOL is an opportunity for freedom from reading glasses and bifocals. Until recently (2005), life without reading glasses or bifocals wasn’t an option for most cataract and non cataract patients looking to correct their vision.

How do you want to see after cataract surgery? Have you thought about reading your cook book or looking at your golf score card without pulling out your readers? If so then a Multifocal IOL maybe the better option for you. Read on to see the comparison between a Monofocal & a Multifocal IOL implant.

You have several options and a very important choice as to what your vision outcome will be following surgery. During cataract surgery the eye’s cloudy lens is replaced with a new one (Intraocular Lens – IOL). This has been the case since the 1970’s and today there are several advancements in implanted lenses, each delivering a different performance profile based on how the lens is designed. Even patients who are not a candidate for LASIK surgery can do a Clear Lens Exchange if no cataract exists. This is done to help improve the distance and near vision and to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses.

A standard MonoFocal IOL is designed to deliver improved vision at just one distance (usually far), It doesn’t allow for good close up (near) vision and it doesn’t correct for astigmatism (irregular contour of the eye or cornea). This is when your eye is shaped more like a football or egg instead of rounded. After surgery you will probably need to wear glasses for near, intermediate and even for good distance vision if you have astigmatism. The lens is a give and take; some of the near vision is compromised to make the distance vision stronger as this lens only helps improve one distance area.

A premium Mulitfocal IOL is designed to help eliminate the need for reading glasses or bifocals. This is more of a custom lens option to correct all three visual areas; near, intermediate and distance. There are several lens options available and Dr. Nelson would determine which one is best for you.

⋇ReSTOR- is one of the most popular Multifocal IOL’s implanted today due to its ability to produce great near and distance vision. Over 50 million people have chosen the ReSTOR IOL. With the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL, many people can read, drive and do other tasks without glasses. During the ReSTOR® IOL clinical studies, patients experienced lifestyle enhancement through quality vision, and greater freedom from reading glasses and bifocals. In fact, according to the ReSTOR® clinical studies, four out of five patients with the ReSTOR® IOL reported never wearing glasses following cataract surgery in both eyes, compared to only 1 out of 10 patients with Monofocal lenses. This is the highest level of freedom from glasses ever demonstrated in an IOL clinical trial. 94% of patients were satisfied with the results and would choose this lens again.

⋇Crystalens- is the only IOL that “flexes” or “accommodates” using the eyes natural muscles to focus on objects at various distances, particularly intermediate and far. This lens does provide some reading, but typically OTC (over the counter) readers are needed for the close up reading. Most patients reported still being able to read at an arm’s length with no readers. Crystalens is the one and only FDA-approved “accommodating” lens available in the United States. Crystalens can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses. More than twice the number of patients implanted with crystalens could see at all distances compared to a standard IOL. Few patients with Crystalens have experienced problems with glare, halos and night vision after surgery.

⋇Tecnis- is designed to give patients back their yourthful vision, the implant provides patients with high-quality vision at any distance, and in any light condition — even in low light. The advanced TECNIS Multifocal is an implantable lens that restores vision after cataract surgery and corrects presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). Some lenses lose the ability to provide good vision, particularly close up in dim lighting. Due to the technology this lens also reduces the chance of seeing rings or halos when driving at night. 94% of patients said they would choose this lens again.
Whether you’re wanting to be free of glasses after cataract surgery or still wanting to wear them, Dr. Nelson is a highly skilled surgeon and takes a special interest in each of his patients. He wants the best possible outcome and makes sure his patients are cared for and satisfied with their results. Please call today to schedule a consultation or a medical exam to determine what options are best for you, 803-985-9374.

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