A multifocal lens implant makes it possible to restore your ability to focus on things at varying distances with less dependency on reading glasses or bifocals. Several brands of multifocal lenses are available.
As with all replacement lens options, Dr. Hollingshead will evaluate your vision and determine whether a presbyopia-correcting or an astigmatism-correcting lens is the best choice for your lifestyle.
Sometimes, the surface of the cornea is curved more like the surface of a football, with both flat and steep curves. This uneven curvature (astigmatism) distorts vision because light rays are not focused to a single spot on the retina. If you suffer from both astigmatism and cataracts, an implantable Acrysof Toric lens makes it possible to treat the cataract and correct corneal astigmatism at the same time. This lens is implanted during cataract surgery to provide quality distance vision independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Dr. Hollingshead may recommend a toric lens to:
Some toric lenses feature UV and blue light filtering technology that protects the retina.
Crystalens®, an FDA-approved lens implant, replaces the clouded, inflexible natural lens, and works in conjunction with the eye’s own muscles.
Its unique hinges make it possible for Crystalens to “accommodate” (flex), providing sharper, seamless vision and reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses and bifocals.
The design of the Tecnis lifestyle lens directs light in different ways, depending on different zones in the lens. This design makes it possible for many patients to function comfortably without glasses at near, intermediate, and far distances. Patients reported improved vision and reading speeds under both low and bright lighting conditions. Eighty-eight percent of patients receiving the Tecnis lens reported that they no longer required glasses, and 94% of them said that they would choose this lens again.
Medicare permits cataract patients to select either a standard monofocal lens or advanced technology lifestyle replacement lenses, such as those that correct presbyopia (Tecnis), or the AcrySof toric lens that corrects astigmatism.
This Medicare regulation allows patients to pay privately for the portion of the charges for the implantation of a lifestyle replacement lens and related technical services that exceeds the benefit for a standard replacement lens.