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W​hich type of lens implant is right for you?​​

​I​​ntraocular lenses​

There are various types of intraocular lenses (IOL) available. You can discuss with your doctor which is the most suitable type for you.

​​​3. Multifocal
  • 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:

  • Greater convenience
  • 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 SingHealth group.​​

See the previous page to learn about treating cataract with intraocular monofocal lenses.

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