Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Monofocal Lens Implants for Near Vision

Question: Can I have a lens implant that is focused so that I have to wear eyeglasses to see clearly at distance but when I take them off I can see clearly to read? What is the distance that the reading capability kicks in and I'd have to remove my distance glasses?  Would these lens implants reduce glare at night or halos around lights compared to multifocal lens implants?

Answer: The simple answer is yes you can have a monofocal or aspheric lens implant that is calculated in prescription strength so as to allow you to see clearly for near vision such as reading. This would then require that you wear eyeglasses to see at distance as you would be rendered “nearsighted” by the les implants. The distance that the near vision would be clearest would be a matter of you discussing this with the eye surgeon and determining the approximate distance at which you wanted it to “kick in” as this is a mathematical and optical calculation that is adjustable.

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