Multifocal lens implants: no more reading glasses – Ever!
By Eli Zaret, Yaldo Eye Center Spokesperson
I’m still waiting for somebody to tell me, “Oh, I love my reading glasses!” And since virtually everyone aged 45 or older has issues with close vision, reading glasses are a part of life that must be dealt with. It’s called Presbyopia, the inability to see objects up close.
- Cell phone
- Pill bottle instructions
What solving Presbyopia comes down to is, “Pick your poison.”
The choices are:
- Progressive glasses
- Bifocal contacts
- Reading glasses
Or, the Rolls Royce solution: Multifocal lens implants.
The first-generation multifocal lens implant was introduced in 1996. Until then, when a patient replaced his cataract damaged lenses with single focal point implanted lenses, the near vision problem remained. But in the last few years, multifocal lens technology has improved so dramatically that it’s now the choice of pre-cataract patients also.
To qualify, you must be about 50 or older.
The reasons why this is such a remarkable solution, is that glasses and contacts don’t solve your vision issues. They are a band-aid, and when you take the band-aid off you can’t see.
Multifocal implants are with you 24-hours a day for the rest of your life.
Recently, Dave, 49 years old, wanted to be done with his progressive glasses and got multifocal implants in both eyes, and wrote: “I left Yaldo’s at 2:30 today; I came home and napped, as instructed. Now it’s 6:30 and I’m typing this on my phone without my glasses – something I couldn’t have done in the last 8 years! I’d be happy to provide firsthand, unpaid testimony of the experience.”
Thanks, Dave. You just did!
Dr. Yaldo corrects both your nearsightedness or farsightedness by replacing your natural lenses with what amounts to a new focusing system that allows you to see near, intermediate and far images in both eyes without glasses or contacts. Your vision becomes stable and is unlikely to change over time.
Multifocal Lens Implant surgery is painless. Anesthetic drops numb the eye and an IV delivers medication to keep you relaxed. In most cases, both eyes are done on the same day. In some cases, based upon medical history and other factors, the second eye is done a week after the first eye. Dr. Yaldo will recommend the right course of treatment for you.