Mono vs. Multifocal IOLs


Nov 10, 2012 @ 10:48 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Cataract Surgery | Iols | Presbyopia |

Pomona IOLsThere was a time when patients who suffered from cataracts had limited options for replacing their natural lenses. Intraocular lens technology offered cataract sufferers hope for restoring clarity to their vision, but they would still require glasses to see certain objects. This is because the intraocular lenses (IOLs) of the past could only focus at one distance. A patient whose IOL focused at far distances, for example, would still require glasses to see objects close up.

Much has changed over the past decade or so. At our Pomona laser vision center, Palisades Laser Eye Center, we offer multifocal IOLs to patients who wish to achieve excellent vision at all distances after the removal of their natural lenses during cataract surgery. These advanced lenses allow many people to achieve vision even better than they had before they developed cataracts. Some people are even able to see without having to use glasses or contact lenses at all.

At our practice in Pomona, IOLs have restored the gift of clear vision in many of our patients. If you are suffering from clouded vision, we encourage you to schedule an eye exam to determine whether you require cataract surgery. If so, you may be an excellent candidate for multifocal IOLs.

Monofocal IOLs

For many years, monofocal IOLs have provided dependable replacement of clouded lenses. Many patients still opt for monofocal IOLs, and achieve excellent results.

There are several correction strategies that can be employed using monofocal lenses. If a patient has only a single cataract, a monofocal IOL that matches the patient’s unaffected eye may be placed. Monofocal IOLs can also be used in monovision treatment. Monovision involves the placement of one IOL for distance vision and the other for near vision. The brain learns to rely on one eye or the other, depending on the task. Most patients who undergo monovision treatment learn to adjust relatively quickly.

Multifocal IOLs

At our Pomona LASIK practice, premium multifocal IOLs give patients the greatest opportunity to bid farewell to their glasses or contact lenses. There are several types of multifocal IOLs, each using its own unique technology. Each type achieves essentially the same result, however: clear, crisp vision at all distances, from near to far. The surgery to implant multifocal IOLs is simple and relatively painless; these IOLs can be placed through extremely small incisions in the surface of the eye after the natural lens has been removed. Multifocal IOLs are meant to remain in place permanently.

Which Lens Is Best for You?

In general, multifocal lenses offer the greatest possibility of visual independence. This does not mean, however, that they are the ideal solution in all cases. During your initial visit to our practice, we will conduct a thorough eye exam in order to determine the health of your eyes and the most effective course of treatment. We will present you with your options, explaining each in detail. Ultimately, the decision as to which IOL is most suitable for you will be yours.

Contact Palisades Laser Eye Center

If you would like to learn more about IOL technology, please contact Palisades Laser Eye Center today.