Oct 05, 2010
Some of the most common comments I hear on the forums here at Medhelp are patients worried and upset after multifocal Intraocular lenses (IOL's) such as the Restor and Rezoom. (The Crystalens is a different type of IOL and I will discuss that another time.) Now I'm not here to bash either lens because countless thousands of hours of research and millions of dollars have been expended to develop them with a legitimate goal of reducing dependance on glasses after cataract surgery. They have their pluses and minuses.
Talking about Multifocal IOL's is sort of like talking about big SUV's like Hummers or Suburbans.. They're not all bad, not all good, just very different. Perfect for some people but terribly wrong for others. I dislike the label "Premium Lenses" that are used for multifocal IOL's because that gives the impression that these IOL's are "better." The premium price tag also lends itselft to the thought that these lenses must be "better" in some way. "Of course they must be much better or why would they cost so much more" one might say.
My final take home message is that if you are thinking about selecting a multifocal IOL for your cataract surgery, you need to do your due diligence. You cannot try out these IOL's before surgery. Remember that. If you had to buy a new SUV, without being allowed to look it over or test drive it, you would be very cautious, right. Be cautious with your IOL selection. Make sure you get feedback from real patients, who have already had the IOL you are considering. Preferably get feedback from friends, family or neigbors. People you trust. If you can't get the type of recommendations you were looking for, please don't feel ashamed to have a standard monofocal implant. You could call standard monofocal IOL's the Toyota Camrys or Honda Accords of implants. There is a reason why millions and millions of people are very safisfied with them.