Question: I am a professional musician who needs cataract surgery. Currently, I find that the small mid-range area in my progressive lens eyeglasses is not adequate for the mid-range distance that I need (about 3 ft.). Instead, I use glasses with my distance prescription for about the top third, with a mid-range for the bottom 2/3. A Multifocal Intraocular lens was suggested for me. Is this the best option for me?
Answer: As a professional musician your intermediate and near vision requirements are not only demanding in precision but are also demanding in time. In order to make the accurate assessment and recommendation for the type of lens implant-multifocal vs. aspheric with glasses-after cataract surgery, it is going to be necessary for you to provide the Cataract Surgeon with actual carefully measured distances that require your clear vision. Certainly a multifocal lens implant might be a good choice but should your near distance requirements change, lighting and environmental circumstances vary or change, you will be locked in to one restricted range of clarity. This may not be a problem for you but does warrant discussion with your eye surgeon regarding the exact vision requirements you have and in what environments.
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