Friday, September 16, 2011

Multifocal Lens Implant Selection

Question: I have a question about selecting a lens implant for cataract surgery. I need to select the lens type prior to October when I will have cataract surgery. If I choose the multifocal lens replacement, will this serve as my eye glass replacement for the remainder of my life? I am 64 and have been badly nearsighted for my entire life. I currently use bifocals and go up and down for far and near - will this be the same for the lens implant?

Answer: Presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants used for lens replacement after Cataract Surgery can correct distance vision, near vision and arm's length vision-and enhance your range of clear vision without requiring glasses. There are several types of multifocal lens implants and each one has slightly different vision correction characteristics based on their design and optics. It is highly likely that your full distance vision would be corrected and you would no longer be nearsighted, thus eliminating any need for glasses for seeing distance. The intermediate and near vision correction results will depend on the type of implant selected by your Cataract Surgeon. However any multifocal will certainly decrease if not completely eliminate your need for bifocals although you might need some help with reading glasses in some instances or arm's length "intermediate" glasses in some cases depending on the type of multifocal used.

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