Explore the Benefits of a Multifocal IOL
Cataracts cloud the crystalline lens, obstructing light that enters the eye. The result is blurred, distorted vision and other symptoms that can greatly affect your day-to-day life. During cataract surgery, the affected lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL), a small plastic or silicone lens that allows light to focus properly on the retina. At TLC Laser Eye Center, we offer multifocal IOLs, a type of lens that can correct vision at a range of distances, reducing or eliminating your need for glasses. You can learn more about whether a multifocal IOL is right for you during a consultation. Contact our Toronto practice today to schedule an appointment.
Monofocal and Multifocal Lenses: A Comparison
Monofocal IOLs are the most basic type of lens you can receive during cataract surgery. This type of IOL is typically covered by insurance, and is only capable of correcting vision at one distance. Most patients will choose to have their vision at a distance enhanced, and will still need glasses to read a book or use their phone. Although some patients are satisfied with this treatment option, many of our patients choose a multifocal lens, a type of premium lens that can enhance your vision at a range of distances.
Popular multifocal lenses include:
- AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® lens
- TECNIS®, a type of bifocal lens
- AcrySof® Toric lens, which can also treat astigmatism
After surgery, cataracts patients experience decreased or eliminated need for glasses or contact lenses. In fact, nearly 80% of patients involved in a multifocal IOL clinical trial did not need to use glasses after their surgery. In addition to producing clearer vision at multiple distances, many of the premium lenses provide other benefits. The ReSTOR® lens, for example, contains a yellow tint to filter out retina-damaging short-wavelength blue light.
Risks and Considerations
Multifocal IOLs offer many benefits, but they are not right for everyone. For example, if you have enjoyed good quality vision for most of your life without using corrective eye wear, you will probably experience better results with a monofocal IOL. Multifocal lenses also create varying degrees of glares and halos at night, so those who frequently drive or work at night may experience better results with a monofocal IOL while continuing to wear corrective eye wear as needed. We will take ample time during your consultation to determine if monofocal IOLs are right for you.
Learn More during a Consultation
Although multifocal lenses are not typically covered by insurance plans, many of our patients feel that their improved quality of life was well worth the investment. Our team invests heavily in patient education, and we will provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your surgery. To learn more about multifocal IOLs, your candidacy, and how they can influence the total cost of your cataract treatment, schedule a consultation at our practice today. We can help you see the world around you in amazing clarity following cataract surgery.