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Are there any risks or side effects to multifocal lens implant surgery?

Are there any risks or side effects to multifocal lens implant surgery?

Multifocal IOL risks: MIOLs have many advantages: improve the reading, distance, & intermediate vision in the vast majority of patients (assuming macula, optic nerve, brain are functioning normally). Halos, glare (usually improves with time), need for reading glasses/distance Rx from residual astigmatism biggest risk after MIOLs aside from general surgery risks. ...Read more

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I am having cataract surgery. My optometrist told me my multifocal lens implant will cost me $5000 per eye and I have to pay before. Is this correct?

I am having cataract surgery. My optometrist told me my multifocal lens implant will cost me $5000 per eye and I have to pay before.  Is this correct?

Excessive!: Sounds excessive. 2-3 times the typical cost. You need to be educated on thees types of lenses and make sure it is what you want and need to meet your expectations first. You may be very satisfied with a standard monofocal intra-ocular lens and making both eyes for distance (you will need readers to read), or mono vision with a near eye and distance eye. If you were not informed, go elsewhere! ...Read more

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What is the cost of multifocal lens in a cataract surgery that is covered by insurance?

What is the cost of multifocal lens in a cataract surgery that is covered by insurance?

Mostly not: Most insurances will cover the cost of the basic intraocular lens for replacement of focusing. Multifocals are, from their standpoint, an expensive add on. And they will not cover the added cost. If you want these, you will have to pay the extra $600-$1000 for the fancy lens. ...Read more

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Can you say if it could lens implant surgery be an improvement over contact lenses?

Riskier: Intraocular implants are a riskier way to correct vision than contact lenses. The vision is no better with them than contact lenses. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cataract surgery with toric lens implant?

Good option: For those with moderate to significant astigmatism, which is a good portion of the population, choosing a toric lens implant for your cataract surgery will reduce your dependence on glasses post surgery. I advise my patients who have astigmatism to opt for a toric lens if they can afford the premium cost. If they can't, glasses will correct the astigmatism post surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about what it's like to have cataract surgery with toric lens implant?

Can you tell me about what it's like to have cataract surgery with toric lens implant?

Toric IOL: Toric implants correct for astigmatism & distance vision though usually do not correct for reading unless is a Trulign (Crystalens Toric) or Restor Toric (still not available in US). Vision usually much clearer if all astigmatism corrected; rotation of toric can increase the risk of visual distortion more than monofocals. ...Read more

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Would the intraocular lens implant interefere with eye surgery?

Would the intraocular lens implant interefere with eye surgery?

What kind surgery: Intraocular lens placed in the eye to replace your natural lens that was developed into cataract. What kind of eye surgery are you referring? It does not interfere with lasik, lid, conjunctiva or retina . ...Read more

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Could i get lasik eye surgery if I have a intraocular lens (iol) implant?

Probably: Not sure why you have an iol at such a young age-but if you had a cataract removed, or had a refractive lens implant done, and there is a residual prescription, it can often be treated by lasik eye surgery. ...Read more

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Will my vision continue to improve if i get multifocal lens implants?

Will my vision continue to improve if i get multifocal lens implants?

Multifocal IOL MIOL: Multifocal Intraocular Lenses have many advantages: they improve the reading, distance, & intermediate vision in the vast majority of patients (assuming macula, optic nerve, brain are functioning normally). Halos & glare can be biggest issue after MIOLs & these usually improve with time. Vision can improve also after surgery as eye/cornea heals. ...Read more

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