Cataracts are a very common but treatable eye condition. As part of your cataract surgery treatment plan, Dr. David Mark will help you choose a new lens to replace your cloudy, damaged lens in one or both eyes. At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we have several types of multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are designed to help you achieve better distance and near vision without corrective eyewear. These lenses are a great option for patients who live active lifestyles and want to reduce their reliance on glasses and contacts following cataract surgery. Our team can help determine whether these lenses are right for you during a consultation at our location in Sunnyvale, CA.
What Are Multifocal IOLs?
Multifocal IOLs are placed during cataract surgery. After Dr. Mark has removed the clouded lens, he will insert the multifocal IOL as a permanent replacement. Most patients do not need glasses or contacts to correct their vision after receiving multifocal IOLs because they are designed to help you achieve enhanced vision at various distances.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
There are many choices when it comes to premium IOLs, such as multifocal and toric lenses, which are used to treat astigmatism. A multifocal lens may be a good option if you:
- Have cataracts
- Have presbyopia or myopia
- Are healthy enough to undergo eye surgery
- Are active and need to be able to see at multiple distances
- Do not mind sacrificing clarity for freedom from glasses
Because one of the side effects of these lenses is a loss of clarity, they may not be advised for pilots, truck drivers, or others who rely on their ability to see clearly in the dark and other environments. However, they are probably still a good choice if your priority is eliminating the need for corrective lenses. During your cataract surgery consultation, Dr. Mark will review your concerns and background to determine whether these lenses are the best choice for you.
Adjusting to Your New Lens
It will take several days or weeks for your eyes to get used to your multifocal lens. During the first few days after surgery, it is normal to experience blurry vision, sensitivity, glares, haloes, or a mild headache. However, these side effects should improve over the next few weeks.
Multifocal IOLs can improve your distance and near vision without glasses or contacts.
It is also important to remember that you may lose some overall clarity in your vision after receiving multifocal lenses. As a result, you may still need glasses for reading extra fine print or performing tedious activities.
Experience Life-Changing Results
Multifocal IOLs can improve your distance and near vision without glasses or contacts. Because they are not appropriate for all patients, the Silicon Valley Eye Physicians team can guide you towards the right choice during your consultation.
Silicon Valley Eye Physicians
Silicon Valley Eye Physicians is a leading vision care provider that has been serving the community for over 60 years. Our doctors are members of prestigious organizations, including:
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology
- The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- The Cornea Society
- The California Optometric Association
We are happy to conduct examinations and make diagnoses over the phone using our telemedicine service. To schedule in-person exams for your entire family, call our Sunnyvale office at (408) 739-6200 or request an appointment online.