As we age, our vision can progressively start to deteriorate to the point where we can become completely dependable on glasses or contacts in order to function. In certain situations, it may be difficult to perform daily activities such as driving at night or reading small print despite wearing glasses or contacts. One of the most common reasons for decreased vision after the age of 50, is the development of a cataract, a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure where the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial lens known as an intraocular lens implant (IOL).
There are a variety of IOLs that can be implanted in the human eye. The IOL choice can be customized depending on the person’s needs and desires. The technology has advanced so much, that the need for glasses or contact lenses can be decreased or even completely eliminated following surgery. In other words, IOLs can be the equivalent of implanting the prescription of your glasses inside your eye, imagine that!
Multifocal IOLs, are high technology lenses that have thin, circular rings engraved onto the center of the lens, which helps the eye focus on different objects at various distances at the same time. Compared to regular intraocular lenses (IOL), multifocals help you see far and near distances and reduce the need for glasses. However, everything comes with a compromise, and because of the rings on these IOLs, most patients will see a mild halo around lights at night. Fortunately, these visual disturbances usually decrease over time, thanks to a process known as “neuroadaptation”, where the brain adapts and these become less noticeable. The cost of multifocal IOLs ranges from $2,500 to $3,500 per eye and are an out of pocket expense since they are not covered by any medical insurance.
At Sacramento Eye Consultants, our cataract surgery specialists can determine if a multifocal lens is right for you and create a detailed plan which includes information about the risks of surgery, IOL type and cost, and follow-up appointments.