Dissatisfaction after multifocal intraocular lens implantation

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2009 Jun;35(6):992-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2009.01.031.


Purpose: To analyze the reasons for patient dissatisfaction after phacoemulsification with multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and the outcomes after intervention.

Setting: Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Methods: This retrospective review comprised eyes of patients dissatisfied with visual outcomes after multifocal IOL implantation. Outcomes analyzed included type of visual complaint, treatment modality for each complaint, and degree of clinical improvement after intervention.

Results: Thirty-two patients (43 eyes) reported unwanted visual symptoms after multifocal IOL implantation, including in 28 eyes (65%) with an AcrySof ReSTOR IOL and 15 (35%) with a ReZoom IOL. Thirty patients (41 eyes) reported blurred vision, 15 (18 eyes) reported photic phenomena, and 13 (16 eyes) reported both. Causes of blurred vision included ametropia (12 eyes, 29%), dry eye syndrome (6 eyes, 15%), posterior capsule opacification (PCO) (22 eyes, 54%), and unexplained etiology (1 eye, 2%). Causes of photic phenomena included IOL decentration (2 eyes, 12%), retained lens fragment (1 eye, 6%), PCO (12 eyes, 66%), dry-eye syndrome (1 eye, 2%), and unexplained etiology (2 eyes, 11%). Photic phenomena attributed to PCO also caused blurred vision. Thirty-five eyes (81%) had improvement with conservative treatment. Five eyes (12%) did not have improvement despite treatment combinations. Three eyes (7%) required IOL exchange.

Conclusions: Complaints of blurred vision and photic phenomena after multifocal IOL implantation were effectively managed with appropriate treatment. Few eyes (7%) required IOL exchange. Neodymium:YAG capsulotomy should be delayed until it has been determined that IOL exchange will not be necessary.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cataract / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / pathology
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular*
  • Lenses, Intraocular / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
  • Phacoemulsification*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Vision Disorders / etiology*
  • Visual Acuity / physiology