Cataract surgery is a routine procedure, and whichever type of replacement lens you choose, you’ll be delighted at the restoration of clear vision. However, board-certified ophthalmologist Michael L. Levine, MD, FACS, of Boynton Beach, Florida, finds that the patients who are happiest with their outcomes are those who choose multifocal intraocular lenses (IOL’s). Dr. Levine is a specialist in laser cataract surgery and multifocal replacement lenses provide a complete solution for many patients. To find out more, call the Michael L. Levine, M.D., F.A.C.S. office today or book an appointment online.
A multifocal IOL is an implant Dr. Levine uses to replace the lens in your eye when you have a cataract. IOL stands for intraocular lens, and a multifocal IOL comes as close to replicating your natural vision.
Dr. Levine uses TECNIS® and ReSTOR® multifocal lens implants, advanced IOLs that are highly effective in restoring vision after cataract surgery.
Cataracts develop when the proteins in your lens start to change and turn cloudy. The lens in your eye sits behind the pupil and focuses light onto your retina. The retina sends the information to your brain.
When you’re young, the proteins inside the lens are clear, but some people find that as they get older changes in these proteins to cause blurred vision.
In time, cataracts can lead to blindness, but cataract surgery can correct the problem and restore your vision. There are several choices of replacement lenses, including multifocal IOLs.
Surgery is the only way to restore your vision if you have cataracts, but it’s a routine procedure that takes place several million times every year in the United States alone.
Dr. Levine uses several types of IOL implants to carry out cataract surgery, and he can help you decide which is right for you.
Monofocal IOLs are limited to a specific distance, so for example, if your replacement lenses focus clearly at long distances, you might struggle to read or see close up. This is much the same as being farsighted, so you’d need to wear reading glasses.
A toric IOL is the one you need if you have astigmatism. Having a cornea that’s football-shaped instead of round causes astigmatism, which can cause blurry vision at all distances. The toric IOL reduces the effect of astigmatism, and you may not need glasses after your cataract surgery.
Multifocal IOLs have graded areas to enable you to see at different distances. Dr. Levine finds that in his experience, patients who have multifocal IOLs have the best outcomes in terms of improved vision after cataract surgery with the least dependence on corrective glasses.
To find out more about the advantages of multifocal IOLs or to discuss alternative options, call Michael L. Levine, M.D., F.A.C.S. today or book an appointment online.