Monday, April 14, 2014

Different Multifocal Lens Implants in Each Eye?

Question: I have cataract in both eyes and need cataract surgery. Is it possible to have a ReSTOR® multifocal lens implant in one eye and a different multifocal that would do well in dim light? Would Medicare pay for one single vision lens implant if I have a multifocal lens implant in the other eye?

Answer: While it is possible to mix and match multifocal lens implants, it is not a generally used practice as it can result not only in adding some benefits, but in extending some problems and optical complexity. Generally one would “mix and match” if there was a need to modify the near and intermediate range of vision this could be attempted-BUT could result in the highlighting of side effects of each. Follow the recommendations of your cataract surgeon. Medicare will pay for the monofocal lens only-even if you have a multifocal in the opposite eye.

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