Visual aids no longer needed thanks to multi-focal lenses
Almost everyone needs reading glasses sooner or later, as the visual ability in the close focal range naturally declines between the ages of 40 and 50. However, it is very easy to correct this presbyopia: multi-focal or trifocal lenses correct visual impairment and ensure that you don’t need to reach for your glasses. The implantation of lenses is made without a knife, using the LenSx – there is currently no technology more advanced.
Here you can see the advantages of the multi-focal lenses at a glance
- the outpatient procedure is short and virtually pain free
- the natural focal range is restored
- you will not need to wear glasses for the rest of your life
- your vision will remain constant after the procedure
- the lenses protect against cataracts
- the hidden lenses are well tolerated and can remain in the eye for the long term
How multi-focal lenses are inserted
1. Consultation and test
After the first explanations, we measure all your important eye parameters. Based on the results, we can determine whether your eyes are suited to multi-focal lenses. If they are, we will give you immediate advice.
2. Examinations in advance
Before the treatment can start, the eyes are carefully examined and measured. During an approximately two-hour examination, the specialist doctors will explain to you exactly what to expect.
If you normally wear contact lenses, you must stop using them before the examination. Hard contact lenses should stop being used two weeks before treatment and soft ones one week before. You will receive an after-care set from us to use during the first few days after the operation. This contains, among other things, a plan for the use of eye drops and an eye patch. We will explain to you precisely how to use them and what the drugs contain.
3. On the day of the procedure
You should bring a chaperone with you on the day of the procedure. Ideally, you should wear comfortable clothing, but avoid makeup and perfume. You should not smoke on this day, but you can eat as normal.
The operation is performed as an outpatient procedure and lasts around ten to fifteen minutes per eye. Afterwards, you will receive an eye plaster from us which will protect your eye until the next day. Therefore, operations on both eyes are normally performed on one day after the other – this allows you to see something throughout the course of treatment.
In the first few days after the operation, you should not rub your eyes. Your doctor will explain how often you should apply the eye drops. You may also use artificial tears whenever you feel you need them. Avoid sport for three days and stay off work for two to four days. Trips to the sauna and swimming pool are out of the question for the time being. We will check your eyes one day after the operation and then a week later. The next appointment you will receive will be a month later and then the final one after three months.
Multi-focal lenses: good to know
Presbyopia for many people begins after the age of 40; the average age is 53. It becomes increasingly difficult to read text without glasses. As it happens, presbyopia does not compensate for any short-sightedness and it arises in addition to any previously existing long-sightedness. The conventional solution is vari-focals – or several glasses for different situations.
Multi-focal (or trifocal) lenses do away with the cumbersome glasses solution. The treatment is accurate and safe: the body’s own lens is replaced by an artificial lens. It is known as refractive lens exchange (RLE). This is a routine procedure which has already been performed for decades to treat cataracts. The treatment of this eye disease is the world’s most commonly undertaken operation which means that doctors have a lot of experience which is now routine.Patient testimonials
FAQs on multi-focal lenses
The multi-focal lens replaces the natural lens. There are several different types of multi-focal lens. However, what they have in common is at least two (or often more) main focal points onto which they distribute the incoming light. This enables focused distance and close vision. Mono-focal lenses, on the other hand, have just the one focal point, which is what makes reading glasses needed for reading.
Multi-focal lenses can treat visual impairments such as short-sightedness or far-sightedness as well as astigmatism, also in combination with presbyopia. They also help with cataracts. They ensure that you no longer need visual aids.
Implants are not suitable for patients suffering from a chronic, progressive eye disease. The procedure should also not be performed during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
No, visual acuity is only influenced by a change in the natural lens. With the multi-focal lens, it remains the same.
No, the multi-focal lens consists of a biocompatible plastic which is accepted as the body’s own. Rejection reactions do not occur.
No, the lens is inserted into a part of the eye in which there are no nerve endings. You cannot feel it and it is also not visible from the outside.
Far-sightedness improves from the first day after the procedure. The brain gradually gets used to the new vision – it is known as neural adaptation. The adaptation time can vary from person to person. From anywhere between a few days up to three months, you will be able to read close-up small print without a problem.
No, the lenses are of a very high quality and remain in the eye for a lifetime. Visual acuity will not change.
You should avoid sport and heavy physical work for four weeks, as well as visits to the sauna. Light work, in which you do not need to drop your head below shoulder height, can be performed from the day after the procedure. You should completely avoid makeup for around ten days. But you can return to driving your car straight after the second lens has been inserted.
The costs depend on various factors, namely the choice of multi-focal lenses, the devices used in the operation and the severity of visual impairment. They are generally in the low four-figure range – we can give you a more precise figure after an examination.