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30th September 2007

My Husband’s Experience with Multifocal IOLs

by Cindy Murrill, OD, MPH Tacoma, Washington

My optometric physician husband, Joe Pfeifer, recently had cataract surgery with multifocal IOLs. He is very happy with his vision and I thought you would be interested in some of the details.

Joe is one of the early baby boomers. He’s in his mid 50s and has a busy private practice just north of Seattle. Outgoing and gregarious, Joe’s an active guy with a type B personality and a fairly relaxed attitude toward life. But over the last several years, his hyperopia, presbyopia and dependence on corrective eyewear were increasingly frustrating.

With the early onset of cataracts, Joe became interested in multifocal lens implants. After learning more at a PCLI CE function, he made a decision for ReZoom IOLs and is delighted with his new range of vision. He now only wears cheaters for detailed vision and reading in low light.

Click here to read Joe’s case study.

Multifocals and PCLI

Over the past 2 years, we have been making careful forays into multifocal territory. Shaun Coombs, OD and David Stanfield, OD in our Chehalis office have been cautiously leading the way. They have gained enough experience and seen enough happy patients that they are enthusiastic about this option—for properly selected candidates.

Although I have been watching the advent of multifocal IOLs with a lot of interest, I have been hesitant to fully embrace the technology in its early stages. But an increasing number of highly satisfied patients, and now Joe’s positive experience with ReZoom lenses, has encouraged me to challenge you to share this option with patients.

Click here to see the comanagement resources we have prepared for your practice.

Comanagement Opportunities

Multifocal IOLs present exciting opportunities for comanagement. Primary care optometric physicians are well suited to counsel patients, help guide them through the decision making process, and charge for their important pre and post-operative services. Actually, that is our preference—similar to laser vision correction. Together, we have the opportunity to lead the nation in a unique and effective style of cataract care with unprecedented cooperation and communication.

Interesting Thoughts

Where did LASIK patients go?

They've aged! Across the nation, LASIK volumes are reaching a plateau. In 2006 the average age of baby boomers was 52 with many moving out of the LASIK market and into the market for refractive lens exchange.

Multifocal IOL market

Between 2004 and 2020 the number of people in the USA over age 65 will double. Every 7 seconds another baby boomer reaches 51 years of age and moves past the “sweet spot” for laser vision correction. Frustration with presbyopia is generating interest in multifocal IOLs.

Cataracts in people under 65

Approximately one-third of patients 45 to 64 years of age already have early cataract formation.

Cataract consultation

As baby boomers become cataract patients, it is important to discuss lens implant options with them, especially when they are motivated to reduce dependence on corrective eyewear.

Source—The 4 previous points were gleaned from a presentation given by Steven Dell, MD at Controversies in Ophthalmology, January 13, 2007, in Los Angeles.

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