Lifestyle Lens Implants Q & A


The doctors at Ford Eye Center have extensive experience in Lifestyle Lens Implants. Implants can be life-changing for patients who need bifocals every day. Patients can trust the qualified Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, team to manage the process from start to finish with a safe and effective outcome.


What are Lifestyle Lens Implants?

Modern laser cataract surgery has reached a level of sophistication that allows rapid recovery and excellent vision. The use of new technology implants in cataract surgery has enabled us to customize a person’s optics to match their lifestyle. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can be corrected as part of the cataract surgery process to reduce dependence on eyeglasses.  Examples of Lifestyle implants include Toric lenses, Multifocal lenses and recently FDA approved Multifocal Toric lenses.

Are Lifestyle Lens Implants Safe?

Lifestyle Lens Implants are FDA-approved medical devices. This means they’ve been through extensive testing to ensure safety and efficacy. All surgical procedures are accompanied by inherent risk, but risks are few with this highly safe procedure. Most patients don’t have adverse effects from the multifocal IOL, but some patients report difficulty driving at night due to visual disturbances (halos, starbursts around headlights, street lamps, etc.). The good news is that this side effect rarely outweighs the benefits from a patient perspective.

How Successful is This Treatment in Correcting Vision?

It’s important that patients go into the procedure with an open mind, realistic expectations, and a positive outlook. Not all patients can completely stop wearing glasses after their Lifestyle Lens Implant. Patients who are more likely to be satisfied with the outcome of the procedure are those who are far-sighted, positive, and dependent on eyeglasses. This procedure isn't accompanied by a guaranteed outcome.

Who is Eligible for Lifestyle Lens Implants?

The best candidates for Lifestyle Lens Implants are over age 50 and have cataracts. The lenses are only inserted during cataract surgery, so patients who don’t have cataracts are not eligible for the procedure. Patients who have AMD (age-related macular degeneration) are also not strong candidates for this procedure.

Does Insurance Cover the Procedure?

Most patients find that their insurance company will pay for cataract surgery and a monofocal intraocular lens, but not a multifocal lens. The team at Ford Eye Center works with patients to help them plan for the expense of this procedure.

What Does the Recovery Process Look Like?

The week following surgery, the patient must carefully follow all restrictions. They will apply eye drops daily, limit physical activity, and wear an eye shield to protect the eye from accidental rubbing.

During the next 8 weeks, patients should refrain from driving until approved by their eye doctor, typically a week after the procedure. They should avoid getting water in their eyes and protect the eyes from UV rays. Most patients return to work about a week after the procedure.

Most patients are fully recovered 2-3 months after the procedure.