Multifocal IOL FAQs

Is cataract surgery performed with a laser?
Most ophthalmic surgeons today use ultrasound vibrations to break apart the cataract and remove it. This process is called phaecoemulsification. Once all of the cataract material has been removed, and assuming that the lens capsule which was opened at the beginning of the surgery remains strong enough to support the lens implant, a folded intraocular lens specifically chosen by the surgeon to suit your individual needs is then inserted through the original incision and maneuvered into the lens capsule and then centered. The lens will remain inside your eye in this location without moving. Intraocular lenses cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient.

Is recovery from cataract surgery quick?
Today’s surgeries are performed with the smallest possible incision to speed the recovery of vision and reduce the restrictions on your activities after surgery. An incision of 2.5 to 3 millimeters in length is then created at the junction of the cornea (the clear domed structure on the front of the eye) and the sclera (the white part of the eye).

What if my medical history or current medication prevents me from considering an injection of local anesthesia? Today, anesthesia may also be administered topically. This means no injection is required, and the medication numbs the eye without entering the bloodstream.

How soon after surgery will I be able to see?
In some instances, you will be able to see immediately following surgery, although most people experience clearer vision the day following surgery.

If I wear corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses before cataract surgery, can I expect improved vision and restored sight? Today’s cataract surgery is safer, and the visual outcomes better, than ever before. This is due to developments such as smaller incisions, refractive surgery to correct vision at the same time of cataract removal and the precise matching of the IOL to the eye. Today’s cataract surgery also offers MULTIFOCAL VISION allowing patients to enjoy a better quality of life with independence from glasses in most situations — distance, near and everything in between.

What is the cost of cataract surgery?
Medicare benefits generally apply to cataract surgery for people 65 or older. Other insurance policies may provide coverage as well. To find out about your coverage, you should contact Medicare, your insurance company and/or your doctor.

If I want independence from glasses after cataract surgery what are my options?
You can elect to upgrade from a monofocal IOL to a multifocal IOL (additional costs apply) These multifocal IOLs offer a great opportunity to be spectacle FREE after cataract surgery. At this moment the ReSTOR Lens and the The ReZoom IOL Balanced View Optics are the best choices. Please SEE our webpages pertaining to these lenses.

ReSTOR Lens
The ReZoom IOL

Can the Multifocal IOL also correct astigmatism?
The multifocal IOL lenses do not correct astigmatism. If you have an astigmatism and a desire to reduce or eliminate glasses from your life an additional procedure will need to be performed. There are numerous options for correcting astigmatism after cataract surgery. Please feel free to consult our staff to learn about what options would be best for you. Astigmatic correction after cataract surgery would not be covered by insurance because it is considered an elective procedure.