Multifocal IOLs outperform standard lens implants

Posted by: Dr. Damon Dierker on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 12:00:00 am

A study in the current issue of Ophthalmology demonstrated increased patient satisfaction with newer generation intraocular lenses (IOL) implanted after cataract surgery. The ReZoom refractive multifocal and the FDA-approval pending Tecnis multifocal were compared to a first-generation multifocal IOL and a standard monofocal lens. Newer generation multifocal IOLs provided a greater depth of focus and higher patient satisfaction. The Tecnis multifocal provided the greatest long-term spectacle independence. With 90 million Baby Boomers in the United States, the use of these lenses will continue to grow, and this study confirms that the newer IOL's provide superior visual outcomes in most cases.