What are the advantages and disadvantages of multifocal lens implants?

There are a lot of benefits to multifocal lenses, as they significantly reduce the dependence on glasses.

Multifocal lens implants give patients the ability to see distance, as well as the ability to read up close without glasses, and sometimes middle distance, therefore, using the computer without the need for glasses.

Patients must have an understanding of the potential visual effects that they would have to be able to accept as a possible side effect of the multifocal lens. These are particularly halos or glare around light sources. For example, when patients are out in the evening driving or as passengers in a car, the lights of other cars can sometimes have a halo around them or can be glary and have streaks coming out of them. This occurs in a minority of patients and is mild to moderate and not particularly intrusive. It wouldn’t stop patients from driving at night or choosing to have the surgery done again.

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In the reported and published literature, there are only a very small minority of patients that say the intensity of the halos or glare may cause them to think twice about driving at night. That’s a very small number.

One of the advantages of coming to iLase and seeing me for a consultation regarding private cataract surgery, or private refractive lens exchange surgery, is that there is a whole range of implant choices available to you. That’s a very important aspect to the patient journey and ensuring that the range of lenses is available, that may not be available elsewhere.

I invite you to book a consultation to determine your suitability for refractive cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. It’s the only way to determine your suitability for these procedures and to have an in-depth discussion regarding the risks and benefits of each of them. I look forward to seeing you there and taking you through the journey to achieving your desired postoperative outcome.

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Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth

Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon

iLase is the private practice of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.