Has your vision grown dull and dim lately? If you’re in your sixties or seventies, cataracts could interfere with your eyesight.
If they are, it may be time for cataract surgery. That means you can get your quality eyesight back.
Keep reading to learn about three reasons why you should consider a multifocal IOL for cataract surgery.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Cataracts form as proteins in your natural lens break down and clump together. As the proteins collect in your lens, they prevent light from passing through to your retina.
Eventually, they get so thick that no light can pass through your lens. At this point, it’s time for cataract surgery.
Because cataracts grow inside your natural lens, you need to remove the entire lens to remove cataracts. A replacement intraocular lens or IOL allows you to see again after cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery removes your natural lens and replaces it with an IOL. IOLs handle what your natural lens no longer could due to cataracts.
What is an IOL?
IOLs are sturdy replacement lenses that take over the duties of your natural lens. They come in various strengths and capabilities, but they all fill the membrane that your natural lens once occupied.
The most basic type of IOL is a standard or monofocal IOL. These basic IOLs can only refract light at one distance.
They give you exceptional sight at the distance they are set to but can only focus images at that distance. Most people opt to correct their distance vision with a monofocal IOL. They still need glasses to perform up-close tasks.
Would you rather not use glasses after cataract surgery? Some IOLs can significantly reduce or even end your dependence on glasses.
These IOLs are premium or multifocal IOLs. Depending on the lens you choose, it could give you the best eyesight of your life.
Why Should You Consider a Multifocal IOL?
There is a wide range of multifocal IOLs to choose from. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Less Need For Glasses
With cataracts, you have likely been using glasses for years. As they got worse, you probably had to keep adjusting your prescription.
And, you probably had to use your glasses more as your cataracts developed. If you get a monofocal IOL, you will still be dependent on glasses for sight at the distances the IOL doesn’t correct.
With a multifocal IOL, you get clear vision at more than one distance. With some multifocal IOLs, you get focused sight at all distances. You may not need glasses at all with certain IOLs.
Clear Vision at Multiple Distances
With a monofocal IOL, you get crisp vision at one distance. In most cases, that is distance vision.
That means you’ll still need glasses for clear up-close vision. But, with a multifocal IOL, you don’t need to take your glasses out to see anything.
You can transition between refractive distances and see clearly at all of them. That makes driving or playing golf more manageable and more enjoyable.
Being able to transition between distances without needing visual aids makes life easier. You don’t need to worry about toting your glasses around with you.
There’s no need to pull them out every time you want to see something up close. And, you can go about your day without thinking about them.
Instead, you can focus on the moment and whatever is in front of you. You’ll be able to see no matter what.
Do the visual freedom and enhanced vision a multifocal IOL provides sound appealing? Schedule a cataract screening at Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Arizona in Glendale, AZ. See which multifocal IOL is best for you!