Regional Eye Associates proudly offers Tecnis Multifocal, a refractive multifocal intraocular lens (IOL).The Tecnis Multifocal is a synthetic lens that is placed into the eye's capsular bag during cataract surgery.
The Tecnis multifocal lens, like other lenses used in cataract surgery, is inserted during an outpatient procedure.Your doctor will make a tiny incision in your eye and will use an instrument about the size of a pen tip to gently separate and remove the cloudy, brittle cataract from your eye's capsular bag.He will then carefully insert an artificial lens in the lens into the eye, where it will remain permanently in place.
The Tecnis Multifocal lens is specially designed to provide patients with superior vision throughout a wide range of focal lengths, and even allows patients to see clearly in low light.It features multiple refractive zones enhance uncorrected vision at close (i.e. reading), intermediate (i.e. computer work), and far (i.e. driving) distances.In fact, clinical trials show that nearly 9 out of 10 patients do not need glasses at all after receiving a Tecnis Multifocal lens.
Traditional monofocal lenses are inserted during cataract surgery and are designed to offer patients only one point of focus.While patients who have monofocal lenses will be free from the cloudy vision that results from cataracts, they will still need to wear glasses in order to enjoy all depths of vision.
Multifocal lenses, on the other hand, are specially designed to give patients a wider range of spectacle independence.Most patients find that they are greatly independent of their glasses, and some do not have to wear any glasses at all.Individual results can vary, and it is important to understand that we cannot guarantee any outcome.
Your doctor and surgical coordinator will thoroughly explain to you the risks and benefits of cataract surgery, which is the most commonly performed outpatient ophthalmological surgery in the United States.However, patients who are receiving the surgery must understand that no lens is perfect, and that there are compromises that must be made with every lens design.The Tecnis multifocal lens offers a wide range of focus for visual clarity, but it may cause patients to see rings around light, especially at night.
Most patients who experience the rings or haloes around lights will adjust to the rings in approximately three to six months.This process is called neuroadaptation, which is facilitated by having both eyes treated with a multifocal lens and then letting your eyes and brain adjust to the changes.However, it is important to remember that individual results can vary and that there is no assurance that you will adjust to them in that time frame or any other.
For more information, please contact our surgical coordinator at 304-598-3301.
*As with any surgical procedure there are risks along with benefits. It is important to discuss your surgical procedure with your surgeon to fully understand the risks and benefits.