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Multifocal IOL - Types!


2 types!


1) Refractive Type:

-They have annular zones of different refractive powers to provide focus for near and far objects.

-Dependent on the size of the pupil to utilize the required zone of lens.

-Limitations: a high incidence of dysphotopsic symptoms, high intolerance to pupil decentration and large angle kappa, and a significant loss of contrast sensitivity.


2) Diffractive Type:

-These IOLs are engineered with microscopic steps on its surface with a specific phase delay, usually half a wavelength, following the Huygens-Fresnel principle.

Light falling on such a surface is divided into two foci (41% each) for distance and near, while around 18% light is lost to higher order aberrations (HOA).


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