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Renewed Vision With Multifocal Lenses

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2005 12:00 am

Our vision depends on images being focused accurately by the natural lens within our eyes. With age this lens becomes cloudy and leads to images becoming dull and less sharp. Cataract surgery has the goal of replacing the “cloudy” lens with a clear artificial lens made of a plastic material.

The lenses used in standard cataract surgery are called monofocal lenses. These lenses allow very clear vision that is set at one particular distance. Most patients currently undergoing cataract surgery find that their vision is very clear at a particular distance (such as far away) but need glasses to see at all other distances (near and intermediate lengths). Technological advances have now provided us with multiple types of multifocal lenses. This new generation of lenses allows the cataract patient to see clearly at multiple distances, in most cases providing good functional vision at all distances (from near to far). While all these lenses give excellent distance results, some lenses work better for near distances (reading), while others provide better intermediate clarity (computer monitors).

These lenses have been approved by the FDA and clinical trials have shown that the majority of patients with these multifocal lenses can function without the need for glasses in the majority of their activities. In order for one to have these lenses placed, certain physical parameters are necessary. Only a full ophthalmological evaluation can determine if one is a candidate for this exciting technology.

New Yorkers are fortunate to have access to one of the nation’s leading ophthalmology practices, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island. This eye care practice is comprised of the most highly skilled doctors and surgeons in the field of ophthalmology. Among this highly experienced team of doctors and surgeons are specialists in every major facet of eye care.

The surgeons of OCLI are among the nation’s finest cataract surgeons. In fact, this group of eye surgeons has performed thousands of cataract surgeries and has been performing this surgery for decades. The eye surgeons of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island have locations in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Stony Brook and Manhasset and these ophthalmologists accept most health insurances.

For more information about Renewed Vision with Multifocal Lenses or any other matter related to eye care, contact OCLI at 866-SEE-OCLI (866-733-6254), e-mail at ocliinfo @ocli.net or visit them at www.ocli.net.

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