Challenges of Multifocal Intraocular Lenses

The Editors of "Multifocal Intraocular Lenses: The Challenges", have undertaken to provide useful information in solving everyday dilemmas when using multifocal IOLs for cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation have evolved over the last decade, and the improvement of the quality of vision of patients utilizing these advances is one of the main aims of today’s cataract surgeons. The increase in life expectancy and the fact that nowadays ophthalmologists operate on younger patients with cataracts emphasizes the need to provide patients with good near and intermediate vision as a means of improving the patients' quality of life by eliminating the use of spectacles or contact lenses.

Jorge L. Alio, MD, PhD, from the Division of Ophthalmology, Miguel Hernandez University, Alicante, Spain and Joseph Pikkel, MD, Department of Ophthalmology at Ziv Medical Center, Zefat, Israel have collaborated in authoring and editing the recently published book entitled "Multifocal Intraocular Lenses: The Challenges". The book which contains 15 chapters was published by Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.
The main aim of this book is to help the practical ophthalmologist and the ophthalmic surgeon to tackle the different aspects of multifocal IOLs for the benefit of their patients. The editors identified a lack of adequate medical education and an insufficient amount of independent, well-sustained information on this topic in recent literature. They have therefore undertaken the task of gathering all the information available on the different available multifocal IOL technologies, as well as the most relevant clinical studies on the topic.

"Patients who undergo cataract surgery" says Dr.Pikkel, "usually have good distance vision, but require glasses for reading purposes. Multifocal lenses enable both distant and near vision, without the need for spectacles. Unfortunately, multifocal lenses are not part of the health basket in Israel and are relatively expensive and there for lens implants are not usually multifocal".