Lens Implants: Monofocal, Accomodating and Multifocal By William Goldstein on November 12, 2013

Intraocular lenses have become the preferred choice amongst eye care specialists for alternative correctional lens implants. These lenses are ideal for those who have problems with their vision quality but do not require cataract surgery. For your intraocular lens implants, you have options: monofocal, accomodating, and multifocal. Here, we will learn about the main differences between the best monofocal lens implant and multifocal lens implant Warren has to offer.


·         While monofocal lenses are designed to provide good vision at one distance, multifocal lenses can correct vision at both near and far as well as intermediate distances. This means that a monofocal lens implant may be suitable only if you have either a close-up vision problem or a distance vision problem. If you have difficulties seeing from both far and near distances, you will require an additional visual aid for any one of these issues. On the other hand, the best multifocal lens implant Warren has to offer will give better, all-round vision.


·         Another option to consider is the Crystalens, which is the only FDA approved accommodating lens implant. This lens has a single optic, similar to the monofocal IOL, but can flex to allow a broader range of focus. However, those who have undergone intraocular lens implant procedure using Crystalens lenses experience a minimized need for glasses to see properly. In fact, many patients have reported not requiring glasses at all after getting accommodating or multifocal intraocular lenses.


·         Monofocal lenses are most ideal for correcting distance vision, while the best multifocal lens has to offer can even help in treating presbyopia. This is an age-related condition that limits an individual's ability to focus their vision on nearby objects.


·         One of the main benefits of monofocal intraocular lenses is that the cost of the procedure is covered by insurance. Some insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid companies may not fully cover the cost of getting multifocal intraocular lenses. It would be best to consult the medical and billing staff about the coverage before you make a decision.



Make sure you weigh your options carefully. Despite the numerous benefits of multifocal lenses, some patients also opt for monofocal lenses based on their requirements and preferences. Learn in detail about each type of lens and consult your eye care professional in determining which option would be the best for you.

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