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Intraocular lenses, commonly referred to as IOLs, are a very popular method for correcting vision issues that come along with the presence of cataracts. By replacing your eye’s natural, yet clouded-over lens with a synthetic lens, we’re able to reverse the onset of cataracts and restore your vision to its full potential. Some of these replacement lenses, however, only provide clear focus at a certain distance, meaning a patient has to choose between being able to see objects clearly when they’re either near or far, but not both.

What is an Intraocular Lens?

Certain issues with the eyes can involve a degradation of the natural lens that helps us to see properly. An issue like cataracts, for example, is often resolved with the implantation of something known as an intraocular lens, or an IOL. An IOL is essentially a synthetic lens, which is implanted into your eye to replace your clouded-over natural one, restoring your eyesight and allowing you to see properly once more.

While most intraocular lenses are designed to correct your vision at a single focal length, providing clear vision when viewing objects either near or far, for example, but not both, multifocal IOLs actually provided clear vision at both distances, allowing you to avoid the use of glasses or contact lenses for certain activities.

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A Single Lens That Will Allow You to See Near and Far

Multifocal IOLs are a premium form of correction, taking advantage of new technology to correct the full range of vision, from up close to far away. Patients who choose multifocal IOLs report greater satisfaction, as a high percentage of them do not need to use glasses anymore.

You’re likely a great candidate for multifocal lenses, instead of a standard intraocular lens implant, if you’ve been dealing with some of the following issues:

  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Trouble with reading
  • Constantly needing brighter light to see clearly
  • Trouble with vision in one eye
  • Changing your prescription frequently
  • Problems with colors

How Do I Prepare for Surgery?

Before your procedure, we’ll work closely with you to help you prepare, giving you instructions and likely prescribing eye drops along with other medications that you’ll need to take before your surgery. In most cases, medicated eye drops will be prescribed to help avoid infection and limit the amount of swelling that you experience during the procedure, as well as after it’s completed.

What Can I Expect After My Procedure?

The procedure itself will be performed in our surgical center, and you’ll be able to return home just about as soon as it’s completed. You might experience some halos in your vision for a short period of time, which will subside as your brain learns to process this information and selectively filter out any visual inconsistencies, through a process known as neuroadaptation. We’ll work closely with you throughout the aftercare process, to make sure you’re healing nicely.

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