Great River Eye Clinic
Great River Eye Clinic
Great River Eye Clinic

tecnisThe Great River Eye Clinic’s staff is trained to surgically implant a newer kind of lens for the treatment of cataracts. The Technis Multifocal Intraocular lens is designed to provide patients with multifunctional vision enabling you to see clearly at near, intermediate and far distances without glasses, in all light conditions.

Freedom from GlassesAfter surgery with traditional single vision monofocal lenses, most people experience very good vision at a single focal point -- either near or at a distance. In most cases, the monofocal lens provides good distance vision for driving, walking and some everyday activities. However, most people receiving single vision monofocal lenses require reading glasses or bifocals to have a full range of vision.

Designed to give you back younger vision, the Technis Multifocal Lens can provide you with high quality vision at any distance, and in all lighting conditions – even in dim light. With the Technis Multifocal lens, you can see objects up close and far into the distance, as well as every important milestone along the way.


Because there is presently no medical treatment for cataracts (the browning and clouding of your natural lens), the option often utilized is the removal of the natural lens of the eye, and in most cases, replacing it with a tiny, man-made lens that is inserted into your eye to restore vision. The man-made lens is called an intraocular lens, or IOL for short.


The same type of procedure can be used to treat presbyopia, which is a condition that reduces the eye's ability to switch from one focal point (objects at a distance) to another focal point (objects that are near). Presbyopia usually becomes most noticeable when an individual finds it more difficult to see or read objects that are close. Glasses or bifocals are one solution to this problem, but for those desiring independence from glasses, removal of the eye's natural lens and replacing it with an IOL can be an attractive solution.

Today's treatment is faster and more comfortable than ever, and millions of people worldwide are now enjoying excellent vision as a result of their surgical procedures.


Today, cataract removal is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under local or topical anesthesia. You will be fully awake, but you will be comfortable and feel no pain.

Typically, you will be asked to arrive an hour or so prior to your procedure, and you will be allowed to leave after a period of observation following your procedure. With the cataract removal process lasting only about 20 minutes, the entire procedure -- from entering the operating facility to returning home -- usually takes only a few hours.

To remove your cataract (clouded lens), your doctor will use a technique called phacoemulsification (phaco). Your doctor will make a tiny, 1/8-inch incision and insert a small phaco probe. The probe will break apart the clouded lens and suction it out.

Next, an IOL will be inserted through the same tiny incision, into the lens capsule of your eye. Because this procedure is performed through an incision that is very small, your eye will be able to heal rapidly with little or no discomfort.

Following the procedure, you will be allowed to return home within an hour or so. In most cases you will notice an immediate improvement in vision. Different people learn to use their new vision system at different rates.

More information on the Tecnis lens

Stacy Sjoberg, M.D., Ph.D. Adam Ahlquist, MD Dr. Joseph Merck Mary Zeise - Optometrist - Great River Eye Clinic Cassie Mairs, O.D. Michelle Malchow
Babe Winkelman LASIK at GREA
Brainerd Chamer - Stacey Sjoberg MD
Great River Eye Clinic Dr. Sjoberg Dr. Ahlquist Dr. Merck Dr. Sjoberg Dr. Ahlquist Dr. Merck Great River Eye Clinic