Multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOLs): An Innovative Alternative to Bifocals

The clouding caused by cataracts often leads to blurred vision which can make it difficult to read street signs, magazines, or your phone. If you suffer from the condition, you may generally have trouble seeing objects clearly both up close and far away. With innovative multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) offered at our New Jersey practice, we can correct the symptoms of cataracts, as well as nearsightedness and farsightedness, without the need for contact lenses or glasses. We offer both ReZoom™ and ReSTOR® lenses. Dr. Kenneth S. Miller and Dr. Joshua M. Gould have years of experience treating cataracts and can help you choose the right type of lens based on your lifestyle and treatment goals.

What are Multifocal IOLs?

A multifocal intraocular lense displayed against a white background Cataracts generally occur with age. The condition causes proteins to clump within the eye, which distorts and blurs patients' eyesight. During cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens. Unlike monofocal lenses or glasses that correct your vision for a single depth of field, multifocal IOLs are designed to correct vision and improve focus for objects at various distances. This means that whether you have difficulty reading up close or seeing objects at a distance, a multifocal IOL will be able to adjust accordingly.

The Science Behind Their Function

When you receive a prescription for bifocal eyeglasses, you will notice that there are two separate lenses. The top portion of the lens is used for distance, while the lower part of the glasses is used for reading and seeing closer items. Bifocals can be uncomfortable and detract from your appearance, and it can also be frustrating if you forget or misplace your glasses. IOLs allow for clear vision at multiple distances just like bifocal lenses, except your brain will adjust and learn to automatically choose which focus is needed. 

With advanced laser cataract surgery and multifocal lenses, you do not have to accept seeing the world with cloudy vision.

Candidacy and Conditions

Several types of cataract patients can benefit from the innovative design of multifocal IOLs, including those suffering from astigmatism or presbyopia. It is important to understand that while these lenses can provide greatly improved vision and often result in freedom from eyeglasses, there are cases in which glasses may still be needed. During a full evaluation, one of our skilled doctors will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your candidacy. Certain conditions, such as macular degeneration, may disqualify you from the treatment. You should also be in good general health before undergoing cataract surgery.

Improve Your Vision and Quality of Life

If you are unable to see clearly, we understand how frustrating it can be and the impact it can have on your quality of life. With advanced laser cataract surgery and multifocal lenses, you do not have to accept seeing the world with cloudy vision. To learn more about how IOLs can help you achieve clearer vision, please contact us to set up a consultation.