Can My Presbyopia Be Fixed?
Presbyopia is a common age-related eye condition that affects the ability to focus on close objects. This can be corrected with multifocal lenses during cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange (RLE). In this blog, we will explore the advantages and drawbacks of fixing presbyopia with multifocal lenses during these procedures.
Why Get a Multifocal Lens During Cataract Surgery or RLE
Reduced Need For Glasses or Contact Lenses
Multifocal lenses provide clear vision at both near and far distances, reducing the need for glasses or contact lenses. This can be especially beneficial for people who are active or who do not want to rely on additional vision aids. Readers are still required for fine prints and dim light settings.
Improved Quality of Life
The ability to see clearly at all distances can greatly improve a person’s quality of life. It can increase independence, reduce one’s need to rely on glasses or contact lenses, and improve the enjoyment one finds in activities of daily living.
Multifocal lenses can provide improved functional vision for tasks such as reading, using a computer, or driving. This can be especially important for people who need clear vision for work or hobbies that involve focussing on objects at different distances.
Drawbacks Of a Multifocal Lens During Cataract Surgery or RLE
Multifocal lenses are typically more expensive than traditional monofocal lenses, and this cost is usually not covered by insurance.
Risks of Negative Side-Effects
Compared to traditional, MSP-covered, and monofocal lenses, multifocal lenses have a higher chance of halos, glare, and starbursts.
In conclusion, fixing presbyopia with multifocal lenses during cataract surgery or RLE can provide numerous benefits, including reduced dependence on glasses or contact lenses, improved quality of life, and enhanced functionality. However, these lenses also come at a significantly increased cost that is often not covered by insurance.
For help deciding which type of lens is right for you, book a free consultation with one of BCLasik’s vision counselors to assess your specific vision needs and take a step towards clear, natural vision. A virtual or in-person consultation can be booked HERE!