Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Are You A Good Candidate For Premium Intraocular Lenses For Cataract Surgery?

A thorough eye examination and expectations are essential in helping to decide whether you are a good candidate for multifocal intraocular lenses. These lenses are implanted at the time of cataract surgery and allow the patient to see near and far. Corneal health is very important to obtain good vision post-operatively. Equally important, is the health of the patients fovea, the center of sight in the retina. Patients who are considering having multifocal lenses implanted at the time of cataract surgery should discuss their eye health with their ophthalmologist in order to select the appropriate intraocular lens that will give them the results they would like to achieve.

Patients with moderate amounts of corneal astigmatism would likely have more satisfying results receiving a Toric intraocular lens, rather than a multifocal lens, for the simple reason these patients would still need glasses to correct their astigmatism.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best intraocular lens for each patient. It is important to keep in mind that not every point seen will be in perfect focus. The technology is good but not perfect. With a monofocal intraocular lens, (one that only focuses at distance), there is a 2% chance of a patient experiencing glare or halos. There is up to a 5% incidence of experiencing glare or halos with multifocal lenses. Your ophthalmologist and you need to decide together when considering the lens that will provide the best results for you.

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