Multifocal IOLs Enhance Eyesight at All Distances

Smiling woman pointing to her eyesThe doctors at Broberg Eye Care place multifocal IOLs (intraocular lenses) to improve your vision at all distances. IOLs replace the lens of the eye after cataract surgery. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey SettleDr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra place advanced, multifocal lenses to help you see near and distant objects clearly, reducing or eliminating your need for glasses. To learn more about multifocal IOLs and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX office, contact us today.

IOLs and Cataract Surgery

Many people suffer from cataracts, which are clouds of protein that accumulate on your eye’s lens. Our doctors take a conservative approach to cataract treatment. If cataracts are in their early stages, we may recommend that you change your optometric prescription and attend routine appointments so we can monitor the progression of the disease. When cataracts advance and interfere with your daily function, preventing you from reading, watching television, driving, or working comfortably, we can perform laser cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, we use laser and ultrasonic technology to remove the affected lens. To restore your vision, we place an IOL.

What Are Multifocal IOLs?

Traditional IOLs are monofocal, meaning that they allow you to see at one distance. They relieve you of the cloudy, blurry, discolored, or light sensitive vision caused by cataracts, but you will most likely need glasses or contact lenses to experience a full range of vision. Advances in IOL technology have produced modern multifocal IOLs, lenses that allow your eyes to focus on close, intermediate, or far away objects.

Multifocal IOLs are especially beneficial for patients over the age of 40 because they can treat presbyopia, farsightedness, or difficulty focusing due to degraded ocular tissue. Some patients may still need visual aids like glasses or contact lenses with multifocal IOLs, but many do not. Thus, while multifocal lenses are typically more expensive, they are an investment in accurate vision for years to come.

Who Is a Candidate?

Most patients with cataracts are good candidates for multifocal IOLs. However, there are other factors to consider when deciding which IOL is right for you. You may not be a good candidate for multifocal IOLs if:

  • You suffer from astigmatism. Patients with this condition will likely opt for toric IOLs instead, since they can correct your eye shape.
  • You have naturally excellent vision, except for obstructive cataracts. While it seems counterintuitive, patients who have good vision or only mild myopia (nearsightedness) often do not accustom to multifocal IOLs well, since they usually cannot provide the same level of clarity and precision as naturally good vision. If you are used to outstanding vision at all distances, any minor disruptions or distortions from the lens may bother you.
  • You have been diagnosed with other ocular conditions, like diabetic retinopathy, which could impair your vision in other ways and undo the benefits of the multifocal lens.

Enjoy Clear Vision

To learn more about cataract surgery and multifocal lenses, and to schedule a consultation with a member of our team, contact Broberg Eye Care today.  

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