Around the age of 40, the natural lens inside the eye begins to harden and lose its flexibility. This reduces the eye’s ability to change its focus from near to intermediate to distance vision, and back again. This condition is known as “loss of accommodation” or “presbyopia,” and at its earliest stage, causes reduced near vision. Bifocal and even trifocal glasses become necessary for some people to see clearly at all distances.
As the natural lens of the eye continues to deteriorate, it becomes cloudy or brown. Vision becomes blurry and colors lose their brilliance. At first, frequent changes in glasses prescriptions can help, but if left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness. The only way to see clearly after a cataract matures is to have it surgically removed and then replaced with an intraocular lens, or IOL.
Until recently, patients undergoing lens implant surgery received a monofocal, or single focus IOL. Monofocal IOLs implanted in both eyes generally provide excellent distance vision, while patients often need spectacle correction for near and intermediate vision. In the late 1990s, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) introduced its first multifocal IOL designed to provide multiple points of focus, thereby dramatically reducing the need for bifocals or trifocal glasses after surgery.
Today, with its many optical design enhancements, AcrySof® IQ multifocal IOL is providing patients with a full range of vision and greater independence from glasses or contact lenses than ever before. Clinical studies show that 92% of those receiving the multifocal IOL Lens technology “never”, or “only occasionally,” need to wear glasses.
If you suffer from poor vision, or think you might have a cataract, you should make an appointment to have a complete eye examination. Once Dr. Selem determines that you are a good candidate for the AcrySof® IQ multifocal IOL, you will be given additional information about the possible risks, complications, and costs involved with cataract surgery.
At Miami Eye Center, Dr. Joseph Selem will meet with you during your private consultation to assess your individual situation. Dr. Selem can help you decide if cataract surgery with multifocal IOL in Miami is right for you. See the beauty in yourself and the world around you in crisp, clear detail today! Request an appointment online or call Dr. Joseph Selem and the staff at Miami Eye Center at 305-444-0221 to schedule your private consultation.