For the right candidate, patients now have another option to reduce their need for reading glasses. With the development of bifocal or multifocal intraocular lenses, an intraocular surgery similar to cataract surgery can be performed. These lens implants offer both good distance and good reading vision reducing the need to use reading glasses more than 80% of the time.
The natural, clear lens is removed using phacoemulsification (“phaco”) surgery which is a minimally invasive, no-stitch cataract surgery. First, the eye is numbed with topical anesthesia in an outpatient surgery setting. Then a tiny incision is made in the eye to make room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the clear lens and then is suctioned out. After the natural lens has been removed, the multifocal artificial lens is implanted in the eye through the same small incision from the phaco procedure. The next day the patient can enjoy the remarkable change in vision both at distance and at near.