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Have you considered multifocal lenses for your cataract surgery?

21 January 2020

Undergoing cataract surgery? Do you normally wear glasses or contact lenses? If you want the freedom of not having to rely on glasses after surgery you might want to consider multifocal lenses for your cataract surgery.

Multifocal lens cataract surgery

In the past, the primary goal of cataract surgery was to remove the cloudy lens, caused by cataracts and replace it with an artificial lens, restoring the natural vision. Patients noticed great results for their long distance vision, but no improvements for short distances, and still needing to wear reading glasses.

Nowadays, patients can have multifocal intraocular lenses (IOL) that correct short vision, long vision and distances in-between. Unlike multifocal contact lenses, they don’t need regular care or replacement, they last forever!

Many patients who have multifocal IOLs find that they don’t need to wear glasses after cataract surgery, or if they do, they may only need reading glasses for fine print.

Cataract surgery multifocal lens pros and cons

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with multifocal cataract surgery. It’s always best to weigh up the pros and cons and really think about what is the best option for your lifestyle goals.


  • Most people don’t need to use glasses or contact lenses after multifocal cataract surgery
  • Unlike glasses or contact lenses which often need new prescriptions, repairing or replacing, patients with multifocal IOLs have long lasting results


  • Patients are more likely to experience halos or glare from multifocal IOLs
  • Some patients report a difficulty reading in dim light or may need reading glasses

Laser cataract surgery

An alternative that some patients may opt for is laser cataract surgery. Laser beam technology is used to make incisions in the eye and dissolve the lens before removing it. However, laser cataract surgery isn’t covered by health funds and does have additional costs associated. Dr Singh will advise if this is recommended for you.

Is multifocal cataract surgery right for me?

It’s always best to talk to your Opthamologist about the best treatment for your specific condition and lifestyle goals.

If you are willing to compromise some minor side effects for overall vision improvements, then multifocals might be the right option for you. If you require good long distance vision for work (e.g. if you are a truck driver or pilot) you may have to settle for monofocal IOLs ( lens that focuses in the distance), even though that may mean you need glasses for reading.

If you have a pre-existing condition, other than cataracts, that affects vision in one or more of your eyes (e.g. macular degeneration) you might also need monofocal IOLs. Multifocal lenses require good visual capability in both eyes to achieve maximum results.

Get your ‘forever’ lenses with multifocal cataract surgery. Book an appointment with EyeSpecialists today! Dr Singh is one of the most experienced users of multifocal lenses for cataract surgery in Australia and is also involved in the development of new multifocal lenses for the market. With EyeSpecialists, you can be confident that you are getting the lens replacement surgery that fits your lifestyle.

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