Multifunctional Lens Options

Our eyes are continuously focusing on object at different distances. Wen we're young our eyes automatically focus on different things at different distances quite quickly, whether it be driving, watching television, sitting at a computer or reading. As we age, the lenses in our eyes becomes thicker and stiffer, reducing the ability to focus at different distances. We name the hardened, poorly functioning lens a 'Cataract'.  After cataract surgery, a new lens implant is placed back into the eye. Conventional single-vision lenses are designed to only provide good distance vision, so patients still require glasses for intermediate and near vision.  Multifocal Lenses have multiple focus zones that provide a full range of vision from distance to near.


ReSTOR Multifocal Implant (IOL)

By combining the strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies, the Acrysof IQ ReStor IOL provides quality near, intermediate and distance vision and less dependence on readers, bifocals, trifocal or 'pogressive focus' glasses.The AcrySof IQ ReSTOR IOL is implanted during cataract surgery after the non-functioning lens is removed. The Multifocal lens lens is made of a non-degradeable material and can provide a full range of vision (distance, intermediate and near) for a lifetime.

Symfony and Tecnis Multifocal Implants (IOL)

Like other Multifocal designs, the Symfony and Tecnis Multifocal IOL's are designed to provide a 'youthful' type of focus power. So patients with Multifocal IOL's can see road signs,  their dashboard, television, computer, cell phone, food and reading material without much need for glasses.

The Symfony Multifocal IOL uses an elongated focus design to improve the transition from distance to near that early generation implants were deficient in. This design also has improved intermediate vision compared to the ReStor and Tecnis IOL's, so patients who want good computer / iPad / handheld device vision, do best with the Symfony IOL.  For patients that have a greater desire to read up close, the Tecnis Myultifocal is the better choice. The real benefit of Multifocl IOL's is since there is a 'full' range of distance to near vision,  there is no longer the problem of loss of depth percetion when eyes are unbalanced with 'mono-vision'.

Only 10 - 15% of patients are fortunate enough to be candidates for Multifocal IOL's. So if your eye docotor says you are a candidate, we highly recommend you choose a Multifocal IOL.

Toric IOL

Toric lens implants are a unique type of lens implant that are used to correct astigmatism. A Toric lens implant is NOT the only method of astigmatism correction, so consult a doctor about the current possibilities. Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction, and special implant lenses. If a cataract patient has astigmatism and has aspirations to be glasses free after surgery, the Toric lens implant is a good option. Toric lens implants are NOT a correction option for presbyopia.


The doctors at Temas Eye Center located in Winston Salem will help you choose the best lens for your lifestyle. You do not have to have cataracts to get this lens, so patients over 40 years old using magnifiers or bifocals to read small print can also consider a Clear Lens Extraction with a Multifocal Lens Implant.

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Featured Testimonial:

I couldn't have asked for better treatment or outcome.  The staff at both your office and the surgical center are superior by every measure.  They are professional, knowledgeable and respectful of all patients.  It was almost a fun experience!  Although the cataracts in both eyes had impaired my vision, the thought of eye surgery was scary.  But - my fears were all for "naught" - it was such a quick, PAINLESS procedure, I wondered why I had waited so long!

- Carol V.