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Has anyone had Mutifocus Lens Replacement?

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mumski Sat 22-Aug-20 10:18:27

I'm booked in to have my first operation on Thursday on my right eye. Then the second a week later It's to improve my night time driving vision (needed for my job) and also so I don't need reading glasses anymore.
I'm starting to get jittery as I haven't had anyone with first experience of this op I can talk to. Can anyone tell me how long it took for their eyes/brain to get used to the new lens and to lose the haloing effect. Was it worth it? Are you glad you didn't?
I'd be so grateful for info/reassurance.
Off to play with my worry beads now confused

Caramac Sat 22-Aug-20 10:29:49

I had this done a few years ago as I was fed up of wearing varifocal glasses.
The procedure itself was absolutely fine. The week between the two procedures was a bit odd because I had normal vision in one eye but impaired vision in the one with normal lens.
As for the halo effect, well it was so pretty I had trouble ‘relaxing’ and not looking at it. For me, it took well over 12 months for the halo to diminish but I rarely drive at night, I have no need to, and I think more exposure to being out at night might have speeded up the process.
After the initial 12 months the halo effect continued to lessen but I can’t remember when it actually stopped.
I’m very happy that I had this done.
Oh I should add that daytime vision within a couple of days of the second procedure was perfect.
Good luck, I’m sure all will be well.

Fflaurie Sat 22-Aug-20 10:32:39

I had this done about 8 years ago, fantastic, never looked back. I had my cataracts done and instead of the plain lens usually inserted, I had the multifocal lens inserted so that I never have to wear glasses again, (except ready readers for computer work). It's worth it.

lucyanne Sat 22-Aug-20 11:15:40

Highly recommend. I had both eyes done in 2012 with lens replacements. It is the best decision I ever made. Took me successfully from 3 pairs of glasses to 20/20 vision. As I can have no form of anesthetic I was scared. The painless lazier treatment took 10-20 mins max for each eye on separate occasions. One eye had to be patched and drops used before the second eye could be done 2 weeks later. The none patched eye takes over the vision and the brain adjusts in days. After one month I had 20/20 vision. Sometimes I get a slight halo from oncoming traffic at night in one eye when tired. Putting the sun visor down or wearing sunglasses eliminate it. Something I had not taken into consideration, as my eyesight was poor, the lens in the left eye is for long sight, the left short sight. Together perfect vision.

You will be amazed at the shades of colours you can see. Black is no longer grey etc. Never need a cataracts op. Save a fortune on glasses. Smile when people ask you if you have your glasses with you as if all 60+ should wear them. Enjoy nature & paintings in minute detail. Read small print books & instructions.
Good luck with your op. hope it is as successful as mine.

mumski Sun 23-Aug-20 17:09:43

All your comments have really helped. I was told I've got cataracts developing in both eyes so this will be an added bonus for getting them done too.
Thank you so much. I feel much more reassured now xx

phoenix Sun 23-Aug-20 17:23:07

mumski is this being done on the NHS, or privately?

I wear varifocals, had cataract done in one eye last year, will probably need the other one done before too long!

Driving at night is still worrying, so I tend to avoid it.

mumski Sun 23-Aug-20 20:10:47

I'm paying for it myself Phoenix - spending my inheritance! My cataracts are at a early stage so wouldn't be done on the NHS. I had already made up my mind to have lens replacement and they found the cataracts when I had their tests for the op.
Last year for the first time in my life I was really scared some nights driving home in the dark from work especially if it was raining.
As my husband died last year I'm on my own and I refuse to give in and not driving at night - nor can I if I want to keep working. I know I'm very lucky I'm in a position to be able to afford to get it done.

mcem Sun 23-Aug-20 21:53:05

As soon as my cataracts were diagnosed my op was scheduled for a few weeks later. Straightforward and painless. That interim period with 'odd eyes' was kept as short as possible to avoid dealing with the discrepancy.
All courtesy of NHS Scotland 11 years ago.