Is a multifocal IOL after cataract surgery an option if you have nystagmus?
APR 17, 2018
Multifocal lens implants are reserved for eyes with normal optical systems meaning normal muscle function, normal tear layer (area above the cornea that keeps the eye lubricated), normal cornea (clear, front window of the eye), and normal retina (light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye). Nystagmus involves abnormal muscle function so a multifocal lens implant should not be used in this situation and both eyes should either be set for distance vision or near vision. Monovision (one eye set for near vision and the other for distance vision) is also not an option with nystagmus. If distance correction is decided, then glasses will be needed for near vision. Alternatively, both eyes can be set at near vision meaning glasses will need to be worn for distance.