Patients are most likely to achieve independence from glasses after bilateral implantation of MFIOLs. Recent meta-analyses found bilateral MFIOL implantation associated with significant improvement in both distance and near visual acuity with each type of implant studied.
As patients age, the pupillary diameter may decrease. If the pupillary diameter decreases to less than 2.0 mm, unaided reading ability may diminish. Gentle dilation with topical mydriatic drugs or laser photomydriasis may restore near acuity. Photomydriasis may be performed with an argon or dye photocoagulator, by placing green laser burns circumferentially outside the iris sphincter, or with a Nd:YAG photodisruptor, by creating approximately 4 partial sphincterotomies.
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