Everything To Know About Multifocal Lens Implants
Multifocal lens implants are a relatively new, albeit exciting, development in the eye health world. These revolutionary permanent lenses are being used to correct severe vision issues that impact multiple depths of vision.
Curious about how multifocal lens implants work and if the surgery might be a good option for you? Check out our FAQs below to learn more:
What are multifocal lens implants?
Multifocal contact lens implants are used as a solution to correct vision after an intraocular lens, like surgery to remove cataracts or correct presbyopia. Traditionally, these surgeries could only address problems with either near vision or distance vision, but not both. Therefore, corrective surgery participants would still need to wear corrective lenses. Most patients opt to fix the distance vision while still needing reading glasses or bifocals for near vision. Now, however, patients have the choice to eliminate the need for corrective lenses altogether with multifocal lens implants.
How do multifocal lens implants work?
During the surgery, the natural eye lens is removed, and a clear lens is inserted in its place. In the past, the lens was replaced with a monofocal implant to improve either near vision or distance vision—but not both. Now, multifocal lens implants are slowly but surely becoming the norm as they offer a natural, safe, and effective way to completely correct vision for all distance fields. Think of multifocal lens implants like permanent bifocals or progressive lenses. These sophisticated lenses will correct vision for multiple fields of vision without the hassle of wearing glasses.
What are the benefits of multifocal lens implants?
The primary benefit of investing in multifocal lens implants is an improved quality of life. The permanent lens implants will eliminate the need for corrective eyewear, which provides perks for patients that enjoy an active lifestyle or for patients that do not like the aesthetic of glasses.
How much do multifocal lens implants cost?
Currently, multifocal lenses are not considered ‘medically necessary’, so many health insurance policies won’t cover the full cost of surgery. However, monofocal implants are usually covered by insurance. As a compromise, many surgeons will only charge an additional fee for the multifocal lenses, so surgery may be partially covered. The total cost of surgery will vary greatly per individual and insurance coverage. In general, expect to spend $1,000 – $4,000 out-of-pocket for the procedure.Be sure to reach out to your insurance carrier directly to inquire about coverage levels and surgery costs.
What is the recovery time for multifocal lens implants?
Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities within 2-3 days after surgery. However, the focusing ability on the new lenses will not be fully functional for 6-8 weeks after surgery as the eye must re-learn how to focus on objects at various distances. Therefore, corrective lenses may be required for a short period to perform normal activities. And, we always recommend setting clear expectations about what a patient can and cannot do during the healing process. Keep in mind that each patient is unique, and the healing process will be different for every case.
Who is a good candidate for multifocal lens implants?
Cataract patients and patients with severe presbyopia typically make good candidates for multifocal lens implants. It is also important to consider the full recovery time when deciding whether surgery is a good fit, and patients should have no other eye issues that could cause complications. Conditions like astigmatism or glaucoma would prevent a candidate from having the corrective surgery. Of course, a full evaluation by a certified eye care professional is required to determine eligibility.