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Question:
Is it OK to place a multifocal IOL in one eye and a monofocal IOL in the other during cataract surgery? Would this be the same as a patient having only one eye with an artificial monofocal IOL and his untreated eye with his natural multifocal lens?

Answer:
Yes, it is OK to have a multifocal IOL (a bifocal-like intraocular lens implant that provides vision at near and far distances) placed in one eye and a monofocal IOL in the other eye. Most ophthalmologists agree with the manufacturer's recommendation that these multifocal IOLs perform better when they are implanted in both eyes. You might be very comfortable with casual reading, but could have difficulties with reading for longer periods of time. A pair of prescription reading glasses could be made to enhance the monofocal IOL eye and balance with the multifocal eye for longer periods of reading. This is a very complex topic and I think you need to discuss this with your ophthalmologist.

Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DODr. Wayne Bizer

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Jul 28, 2014

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