Monday, April 18, 2011

Multifocal Lens Implants and Peripheral Vision

Question: Does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implant provide good peripheral vision or is it restricted as in trifocal glasses?

Answer: By virtue of their lens design and placement inside your eye, in general all intraocular lens implants (IOL) give "normal" peripheral vision. That is they do not restrict your side vision as the optical segments of a bifocal or trifocal eyeglass might do in certain situations. However, multifocal and accommodating lens implants each work by somewhat different optical principles and thus have certain benefits and limitations. Some provide better distance vision, some better near vision and some better intermediate or arm's length vision-or various combinations thereof.

Further, as each one uses a different optical design to achieve it's vision correction effect each one also may have unique limitations such as in certain lighting conditions or with certain pupil sizes. A specific"brand" of near vision presbyopia correcting lens implant should be chosen after considerable discussion with your Refractive and Cataract Surgeon. based on a thorough examination and discussion of you lifestyle needs and vision correction expectations. If you have not already done so you should schedule an appointment with one or more LASIK Surgeons in your area who are also known to be the best Cataract Surgeons as this is "lens" surgery and you want to consult and eye surgeon who is experienced in both types of surgery.

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