Identifying Candidates for Multifocal Lenses
Many factors must be taken into account when you assess a patient’s candidacy for multifocal IOLs. From ocular pathology and biometric candidacy to lifestyle needs, vision goals and personality, knowing what to look for is the key to success.
Explore the tabs below to learn more about how to identify ideal candidates for multifocal IOL implantation.
Multifocal Lens Patient Selection Based on Personality and Vision Goals
Multifocal lenses like the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® family of IOLs offer a number of advantages to patients who wish to increase their spectacle independence, but it may take them a little time to adapt to their new lenses postoperatively. Read the profiles below to find out how to tell if your patient may be a candidate.
- Enjoy activities and hobbies that require visual acuity at multiple distances, such as reading, driving and attending sporting or theater events
- Want to be less dependent on spectacles
- Have a relaxed, adaptable personality
- Have presbyopia or myopia
- Fall within the available IOL power range
- Qualify for bilateral implantation
- Have no preexisting ocular pathology
- Have had no previous refractive surgery
Patients who may not be ideal candidates:
- Are not opposed to (or even enjoy) wearing glasses
- Are impatient, unwilling or unable to adapt
- Have unrealistic expectations about their outcomes
- Have a preexisting ocular pathology, such as dry eye, uncontrolled glaucoma and keratoconus
- Have had prior refractive surgery
These patients may be better candidates for a monofocal IOL.