Having to frequently take reading glasses on and off is inconvenient for many people. Because of this, a person might wear reading glasses around their neck, scatter multiple pairs around the house or wear bifocals all the time.
To get the greatest freedom from eyeglasses after cataract surgery, you might want to consider multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) to expand your range of clear vision.
In the past, the primary goal of cataract surgery was to restore a person’s vision for driving, watching television, and other distance vision tasks. To see clearly up close, a person would need to wear bifocals or reading glasses after cataract removal to correct the inevitable post-surgical presbyopia.
But today, priorities have changed, people do like to have clear vision for computer and reading without glasses like progressive glasses and such cataract patients have the choice of multifocal IOLs that can correct vision far away, up close and all distances in between.
Unlike conventional “single vision” intraocular lenses (IOLs), multifocal IOLs are lens implants that are designed to help patients see at varying distances using different points of focus. The goal of a multifocal IOL is to provide functional vision at different distances to minimize the use of glasses.
Although they might still prefer to wear glasses for prolonged reading, the vast majority of multifocal IOL patients experience freedom from glasses for tasks such as driving, watching TV, using their cell phone and computer, looking at photos, reading magazines, price tags, product labels, receipts, and menus.
Please consult your doctor to know more and to be sure that you are the right candidate for this type of lens.
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