As we age, cataracts are inevitable for most of us. At the 5th Avenue Eye Center, we offer TECNIS multifocal lenses that effectively cure cataracts and help you regain the eyesight of your youth!
The TECNIS multifocal implantable lens is a premium IOL (intraocular lens). It can replace a natural lens that needs to be removed because of clouding and other damage caused by cataracts.
When we are young (usually under 45), the lens inside the eye can change its shape and easily adjust our focus from distance to near. This precious and extremely complex function of the young lens is known as “accommodation”. This is why people younger than 45 usually don’t require reading glasses. However, after 45, the lens inside the eye will lose its flexibility and we become dependent on reading glasses or bifocals.
During cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed and is replaced with an artificial lens. You have two choices:
For the best results we will need to determine which of the new technology lenses is best for your individual case. Many different eye conditions exist that may make you a better candidate for one specific lens versus another. We will work with you to figure out which one is ideal for your optimal vision health as well as for your budget!
The procedure to implant TECNIS multifocal lenses is quick and virtually pain-free. You will need to arrive at our New York City or New Jersey office about an hour before your scheduled surgery. Although you will be fully awake during the procedure, you will be given anesthetic eyedrops to numb the eye. You may also be offered a mild sedative if you’re anxious about the procedure.
During cataract replacement surgery, Dr. Ilan Cohen will make a small incision in your eye to reach the lens. Then, he’ll use high-frequency sound waves (a process called phacoemulsification) to break up damaged lens tissue. Finally, he will replace the lenses with TECNIS multifocal lenses. Unlike monofocal lenses, these revolutionary lenses allow for viewing at near, intermediate and long distances.
The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes, and after a short recovery period at the surgical facility (an hour or so), you can be driven home to rest. You will be instructed to use medicated eye drops after the operation to prevent infection and inflammation.
TECNIS multifocal lenses have been shown to be highly effective in the majority of our New Jersey and New York City area patients. As a matter of fact, 9 out of 10 TECNIS multifocal wearers never need to wear glasses because they experience a full range of vision. Your individual outcome will depend on the physical characteristics of your eyes and should be thoroughly discussed with Dr. Cohen prior to the surgery. Cataract surgery is the safest and most successful surgery of any kind performed today in the U.S., and Dr. Cohen performs hundreds of them every year.
Ideal candidates for TECNIS multifocal lenses have been diagnosed with cataracts in one or both eyes and are experiencing one or more of the following issues:
Lenses such as the TECNIS multifocal are often referred to as “premium lifestyle replacement lenses” because of the difference they can make in the quality of your life. If cataracts are affecting the things you enjoy in life, don’t wait any longer to take care of them!
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