When it comes time for cataract surgery, patients have a decision to make when choosing the type of intraocular lens that will be used to replace the natural lens of the eye. An intraocular lens not only restores vision loss due to cataracts but also corrects refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism. While evaluating the pros and cons of intraocular lenses, keep in mind a common drawback to some types of IOLs will mean that reading glasses will still be necessary. One of the better options, if suitable for your eyes, would be the multifocal lens as it has greater odds of reducing the need for glasses. Multifocal lenses improve both close-up and distance vision. When confirming their lens choice before surgery, patients have asked “should I go without reading glasses if I have a multifocal IOL?”

No matter which type of intraocular lens you end up choosing, certain pre-existing conditions, such as myopia or underlying glaucoma, can affect the likelihood of wearing glasses post-cataract surgery. The most used IOL in cataract surgery is the monofocal lens that sets uncorrected vision at a single focal point. A newer option, the multifocal lens, provides greater vision options. As the name implies, multifocal lenses are designed to improve vision at near, far and intermediate distances as they provide a greater range of focusing power. Imagine being able to eliminate cataracts and the need to wear reading glasses all at once. By selecting multifocal lenses, on average, 70% of patients can go without reading glasses if they have a multifocal lens. An adjustment period following surgery is usually necessary as the eyes adapt to the new lenses. During that time, you may need reading glasses temporarily. Keep in mind that insurance will likely not cover multifocal lenses as they are considered premium lenses so you may have to absorb the out-of-pocket costs. Over time, that cost may be comparable to what you will pay for the upkeep of contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses.

Overall, multifocal lenses are versatile and are the primary choice if you are looking to get rid of your reliance on reading glasses after cataract surgery. To discuss your options and which intraocular lens will be best for your needs, contact Pendleton Eye to schedule an appointment. For availability, call 760-758-2008 or learn more by visiting WEBSITE