Cataracts can be corrected by implanting intraocular multifocal lenses. Find out more from the Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).
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Which type of lens implant is right for you?
There are various types of intraocular lenses (IOL) available. You can discuss with your doctor which is the most suitable type for you.
Provides acceptable distance and near vision without glasses
Suitable for those who:
Want reduced spectacle dependence
Have minimal astigmatism
Engage in activities with a significant amount of intermediate distance work
Drive mostly in the daytime
For best results, these lenses should be used in both eyes.
Multifocal lenses offer:
Near and intermediate vision is clear at a fixed distance from the eye (e.g. computer, housework)
After surgery, some people may notice:
Difficulty reading small print in dim light
Colours may appear less brilliant
Halo vision at night (i.e. ring of light around street lamps or car headlights)
These symptoms are temporary in most cases and are less likely if both eyes have these lenses.
Multifocal toric IOLs
These IOLs provide for near / intermediate and distance vision just as other multifocal IOLs with their attendant side effects; but incorporate astigmatic correction to allow spectacle independence in patients with significant astigmatism.
“Consider cataract surgery if cataracts are affecting your daily activities. The type of lens to be implanted depends on your lifestyle and suitability and done with an aim to improve your quality of life," says
Dr Wesley Chong, Consultant from the Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), a member of the
See the previous page to learn about
treating cataract with intraocular