What are Multifocal Intraocular Lenses?

Nov 08, 2022
What are Multifocal Intraocular Lenses?
Our eyesight often declines as part of the natural aging process. Modern technology makes it possible to replace the natural lens with an artificial lens to improve sight.

With age comes cataracts which limits our ability to see clearly. A cataract is when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy. As cataracts progress it might be necessary to replace the natural lens in your eye with an artificial one. 

Two types of lenses typically used are monofocal intraocular lenses and multifocal intraocular lenses. Both can significantly increase your quality of life, and your eye doctor can help you choose which works best for your needs. 

Ophthalmologist Cory Bergman, MD, can recommend the cataract lenses that best meet your personal needs and help you restore your failing sight. 

Multifocal intraocular lenses

Multifocal intraocular lenses lessen our dependence on glasses by allowing many people to see both near and distance objects without glasses. 

Due to the differences between multifocal intraocular lenses and traditional bifocal or multifocal lenses in glasses, it can take some time to get used to them. In addition, multifocal intraocular lenses are designed with rings in the lens which can produce glare and halos, especially at night.

Once you have a multifocal lens placed, and your brain has adjusted, the need for contacts and glasses typically decreases and sometimes are no longer needed. However, the exact improvement in sight differs from person to person, just like any other surgery. 

When to consider multifocal intraocular lenses

As people age, the eye lenses begin to harden, leading to presbyopia which is a decreased ability to see near objects without glasses. Multifocal intraocular lenses can allow many people to lessen their dependence on reading glasses. The right time to consider cataract surgery is when your decreased vision affects your ability to do the things you need and like to do. 

While cataract surgery has a high success rate, it is not without risk . Dr. Bergman will evaluate your eye and inform you of your specific risks.

If you are ready to improve your sight and quality of life, call 605-203-4268 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Bergman online. After a review of your eye health history, he will work with you to create a care plan and how it could benefit you. Book an appointment today.