Frequently Asked Questions about Premium Intraocular Lenses

What are Premium lenses?

During cataract or lens replacement surgery to correct ametropia or presbyopia new intraocular lenses are implanted, which can be either standard or premium – individually customised to your needs.

What premium lenses are available?

The following types of premium lenses are available with different additional features:

  • HD lenses – Aspherical monofocal lenses
  • Lenses which correct aberration
  • Lenses which correct astigmatism – Toric lenses
  • Lenses with a filter against blue light (yellow lenses) – Retinal protection
  • Refractive multifocal lenses
  • Refractive multifocal lenses
  • Diffractive multifocal lenses
  • Toric multifocal lenses
  • Accommodative lenses
  • Calhoun Lenses (LAL)
  • Add-on Lenses

What is a multifocal lens?

The multifocal intraocular lens displays more rings with different refractions.  It projects vision for near and distance on the retina.  By distributing the entry of light into more focuses, the multifocal lens enables vision at all distances.  The brain learns to choose the correct area of vision so that, thanks to multifocal lenses, life without spectacles can become a reality.

What type of multifocal lens is best for me?

The choice of multifocal lens is very personal.  Find out about the many different models on this site.  Learn from the experiences of other patients on our forum.  Speak to your ophthalmologist about which type of lens would be best for you.  Find out which doctors have the most experience with multifocal lenses and implant them routinely.  Our lists of ophthalmologist and comments from other patients will be extremely useful to you.

What is the probability of not needing spectacles after having multifocal lenses implanted?

With the help of modern multifocal lenses over 90% of patients can see clearly for near and distance or they can do without their glasses for 90% of the day.

Do I need to get used to multifocal lenses as is the case with progressive spectacles?

The way that multifocal lenses work optically is totally different to the case of progressive spectacles.  If you are unable to always comfortably wear progressive spectacles, this does not mean that you are not a candidate for multifocal lenses.  Many patients can see clearly at all distances shortly after the operation.  Some require 1-3 weeks to become accustomed to multifocal lenses.

Are there side effects with multifocal lenses?

Some people suffer glare or halo effects which can be caused by multifocal lenses.  Normally the brain is capable of neutralising these phenomena after an adaptation period.  In most cases, these are not of major concern, because the quality of life without spectacles is much better.

Are multifocal lenses suitable for everyone?

In addition to medical reasons, there are some professions for which other premium lenses are more suitable – e.g. for professional drivers who have to drive at night, HD lenses are recommended due to their advantages especially in night vision.  In general, multifocal lenses can improve your quality of life, because spectacles no longer needed. In some situations spectacles may still be required, e.g. when reading for a long time in poor, insufficient lighting.  These aspects are very important for patients to be aware of and to enable them to choose the best solution.