multifocal lense

Multifocal lenses use multiple refractive zones built in rings to give patients distance and near vision. Accommodative lenses attempt to imitate the eye’s natural accommodation moving in a backward and forward motion in response to pressure inside the eye. These lenses are designed to address the problem of presbyopia, in which people over the age of 40 begin to lose their ability to read or see up close.

Single Focus IOLs vs Multifocal IOLs

In the past, when an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens implant or IOL, was placed inside the eye during cataract or lens-replacement surgery, it could only focus at a single distance. These IOLs are called single-focus IOLs and allow an eye to see either far away or close-up but not both. Now, intraocular lenses, called multifocal IOLs, are available.

These lenses provide correction for both near and distance vision. And both near and far objects can be in focus at the same time. Many people get used to multifocal IOLs right away. Other people feel a little imbalanced at first but get use to it within a matter of days or weeks.

Are You a Candidate?

You might be a candidate for multifocal or accommodative lens if you are farsighted or nearsighted with minimal astigmatism and wear reading glasses. An exam with our refractive surgeon will determine if these new lenses are appropriate for your eyes.

Amy Lin, M.D.

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4.6 out of 5

Amy Lin, MD, specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of corneal and anterior segment diseases at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Moran Eye Center at the Midvalley Health Center. Her interests include corneal transplantation, anterior segment reconstruction, cataract surgery (including advanced technolo... Read More

Mark D. Mifflin, M.D.

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4.7 out of 5

Mark D. Mifflin is a board-certified, fellowship trained cornea, cataract, and refractive surgeon with over 20 years of clinical experience.  His specialties include complex cataract surgery, all forms of corneal transplantion, reconstructive surgery of the anterior segment of the eye, and LASIK, PRK, and intraocular lens vision correction.  Dr. Mi... Read More

Brian E. Zaugg, M.D.

Brian Zaugg, MD, specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of corneal and anterior segment eye diseases, including expertise in all types of cornea transplantation, routine and complex cataract surgery (including multifocal lenses and laser assisted surgery), anterior segment reconstruction, pterygium removal, refractive surgery including L... Read More

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