Multifocal Lens Surgery

A Multifocal IOL In The Eye

The primary goal of cataract surgery is to remove the cloudy lens, caused by cataracts and replace it with an artificial lens, restoring vision. However although patients notice great results for their long distance vision, there is no improvement for short vision, and there is a need to continue wearing reading glasses.

Nowadays, patients can have the option of multifocal intraocular lenses (IOL) that correct short vision, long vision and distances in-between. Unlike multifocal contact lenses, they don’t need regular care or replacement.

Many patients who have multifocal IOLs find that they don’t need to wear glasses after cataract surgery, or if they do, they may only need reading glasses for very fine print.

Cataract surgery multifocal lens pros and cons

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with multifocal cataract surgery. It’s always best to weigh up the pros and cons and really think about what is the best option for your lifestyle goals.


  • Most people don’t need to use glasses or contact lenses after multifocal cataract surgery for most daily activities
  • Unlike glasses or contact lenses which often need new prescriptions, repairing or replacing, patients with multifocal IOLs have long lasting results


  • Patients are more likely to experience halos or glare from multifocal IOLs, especially at night.
  • Some patients may report difficulty reading in dim light or may still need reading glasses.