Depending on the lens used, a multifocal cataract lens costs up to $2500 per eye on average, as of 2015. This is more expensive than the conventional monofocal intraocular lens that is implanted in the eye during a cataract surgery. However, it offers more advantages and can last a lifetime.
Monofocal intraocular lenses implanted during a cataract surgery provide clear vision to the patient after the surgery. However, patients with presbyopia still need reading glasses to see clearly at arm's length. With multifocal intraocular lenses, the same patients are able to see clearly at varying distances, so they do not need to use any reading or computer glasses. A disadvantage to having multifocal intraocular lenses is the need for the patient to pay extra cash out of his own pocket, since these are not covered by medical insurance.