One of the best options for the treatment of cataracts is the implantation of intraocular lenses, or IOLs. Replacing natural lenses with artificial lenses allows for improved vision and often for decreased reliance on glasses or contact lenses. At Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Howard S. Weiss, MD, provides quality cataract care to his patients. With more than 20 years of experience, Howard S. Weiss, MD, is highly familiar with a variety of astigmatic and multifocal lens implants for cataract treatments, including Restor, Tecnis, Crystalens, and Rezoom.

Unlike standard intraocular lenses, multifocal lens implants provide the ability to see at different distances, reducing dependence on glasses after cataract surgery for many patients. These artificial lens implants are similar to the natural lens in the eye and allow for a more normal range of vision for activities like driving, reading, and working on a computer. Many patients who have multifocal lens implants find they are dramatically freed from glasses after surgery, and some no longer need to wear glasses at all.

Like a standard intraocular lens implant, a multifocal intraocular lens implant fits into the eye in the same space as the natural lens. These FDA-approved implants can be used in surgeries performed by either conventional techniques or with femto-second laser-assisted techniques to reduce astigmatism.