The lens of the eye is responsible for bending and flexing to change shape, so that we can focus and see the objects, words, and shapes in front of us. When we are born, our lenses are soft and flexible, allowing us to focus.
As we age, the lens becomes less elastic, prohibiting it from easily changing shape. This decreased ability to focus is called presbyopia.
People with cataracts often choose to undergo a form of lens implantation to eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Multifocal lens implants are a relatively new development, replacing single focus lens implants. Single focus lens implants require patients to still use corrective glasses when reading or driving, while multifocal lens implants allow for distance and near focusing at the same time.
Intraocular lens implants (IOLs) feature a patented design that distributes light to distance evenly within the eye, allowing us to see better at various focal points. Lens implants are made of silicone or acrylic and are implanted in the eye where the naturally occurring lens would normally be. They avoid the need for care and do not require replacement.
To determine if you are a candidate for multifocal lens implants, your board-certified Milan Eye Center surgeon will meet with you before your procedure to do an examination and measure your eye to comprehend your vision needs.
Before surgery, numbing drops are put into the eye and some mild sedative medication may be given to promote relaxation. The procedure is fairly quick and usually take 15-20 minutes.
During the procedure the ophthalmologist will create small, precise incisions in the eye and then remove your natural lens. The lens implant will be positioned in its place and replace focusing power of the natural lens.
After surgery, drops are put in to prevent any infections from occurring and to reduce inflammation. Each eye has its own individual implant done one at a time.
This implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning no hospitalization or medical care is needed immediately after. Patients can return home afterward, but it is suggested that they rest the remainder of the day. A follow-up visit will be necessary to make sure the eye is recovering properly. More drops will also be added to promote healing.
After your follow-up, you may resume normal activities as long as they do not involve heavy lifting or contact with the eye. There may be some difficulty initially adjusting to the new lens, and your eye will be sensitive to light. These symptoms will ease over the next couple of weeks as your body accepts and adapts to the new lens, and protective glasses will make eyes more comfortable outside.
Occasionally, lens implants will produce halo-like or ghost images as light enters, especially at night. This symptom and usually lessens over time.
After the first eye is healed, the second procedure can be completed and the ability to focus both near and far becomes much easier. After both eyes have undergone surgery, patients usually see optimal results within 1-2 months.
If you’re interested in multifocal lens implants or just want to learn more about lens options, call (678) 381-2020 to schedule an appointment with a board-certified eye surgeon. Milan Eye Center specializes in the most advanced procedures and technology and has multiple convenient locations in metro Atlanta. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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