Multifocal Lens Implants in Houston, TX
Get back the crystalline lens of your youth with multifocal lens implants at Eye Excellence, located in Houston and serving Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas. Make an appointment today for an advanced vision correction evaluation.
Grow older without the need for glasses or the fear of developing cataracts!
For most, after the age of 40, the onset of presbyopia is inevitable. However, the need for reading glasses or contact lenses doesn’t have to be.
What are Multifocal Lens Implants (MLIs)?
MLIs are lens that are implanted onto your eyes to replace your natural lenses. MLIs have more than one point of focus, meaning they focus light from a distance and near simultaneously.
Benefits of Multifocal Lens Implants
- Restores your full range of vision (near, intermediate and distance).
- Eliminates the development of cataracts.
- Provides freedom from eyeglasses and contacts.
- Does not change shape with age.
Difference Between MLI Surgery and Cataract Surgery
- MLIs are used to correct vision, prior to the development of cataracts or at the time of cataract surgery.
- Cataract surgery is usually done to remove a cloudy lens but the same surgery can be done prior to development of a clinically significant cloudy lens.
- The purpose of MLIs is to make you more glasses-free, less dependent on glasses.
What Can I Expect During MLI Surgery?
The most popular multifocal models include TECNIS® and ReSTOR®. During your consultation, Dr. Green will discuss with you what the best option is for you and which model will provide you with the best results. MLI surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and usually only takes 30 minutes. Prior to implantation, you will be given anesthetic drops to numb your eye and IV sedation to keep you relaxed.
Who should have a multifocal lens implant?
Anyone with or without cataracts wanting the convenience of less dependency on glasses or bifocals should schedule a consultation to discuss whether multifocal lens implants are right for them.
Who should not have a multifocal lens implant?
Multifocal lens implants may not be for everyone. Yes, they reduce your dependency on eyeglasses but there are some side effects that could be potentially dangerous for some individuals. Some patients report the appearance of halos or ghost images when they are around lights at night following multifocal lens surgery. Although this is not a serious issue, it can be distracting for people who do a lot of nighttime activities, such as truck drivers. Others who should avoid MLIs include:
- People suffering from macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.
- People who are a perfectionist without realistic expectations from surgery.
- Anyone with severe corneal damage.
Can the multifocal lens be implanted in just one eye?
It is possible to only implant a multifocal lens in one eye when the other eye already has a standard implant. Your vision without glasses will be better if both eyes have multifocal lens, however. Regardless, whether you have a multifocal lens in both eyes, or just one, your brain will integrate your entire vision and adapt.
Can patients without cataracts have multifocal lens implants?
Yes, MLIs are actually recommended instead of laser eye surgery for patients who are 50 or older that do not have clinically significant cataracts and who no longer want to be dependent on reading glasses. Multifocal lens implants are currently the best technology that can allow an eye that is over 50 years old to focus both far and near without the use of glasses. It is important to note, however, that without a clinically significant cataract present, insurance may not cover any of the costs.
Who might need a LASIK “enhancement” after a multifocal lens implant?
Unfortunately, there are some cases where the lens power of the multifocal lens implant does not match up 100 percent to the individual eye. When this happens, the patient can wear glasses or contact lenses when needed to correct the lens power. Another option is to undergo LASIK to fix the prescription. Someone who suffers from astigmatism may opt for LASIK following multifocal lens implant to correct any remaining corneal astigmatism.
How Much Do Multifocal Lens Implants Cost in Houston?
- Even if your insurance plan doesn’t cover vision correction, you can use cash, a credit card, or approved financing for payment.
- Choose from no-interest plans, extended payment options up to 48 months and no down payment.
Please visit our financing page for more information.
The staff at Eye Excellence, located in Houston and serving Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas, is passionate about one thing—improving your vision so you can lead a healthier, happier life. Contact us to schedule an appointment now and determine whether you are a good candidate for multifocal lens implants.