Breaking Down the Results: Why Multifocal IOLs Are the Top Choice

Breaking Down the Results: Why Multifocal IOLs Are the Top Choice

February 06, 2023

The results of our recent LinkedIn survey are revealing a hotly debated topic in the world of ophthalmology. A staggering 51% of respondents believe that multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) will dominate the market in the next decade, leaving a significant portion of the population divided between monofocal IOLs, toric lenses, and other IOLs.

a linkedin survey results about IOL marketshare

Multifocal IOLs offer several advantages over other types of IOLs. Firstly, they provide patients with the ability to see objects at various distances without the need for glasses or contacts. Unlike monofocal IOLs, which only provide clear vision at one distance, multifocal IOLs have multiple focal points that allow for clear vision at near, intermediate, and far distances. This means that patients who receive multifocal IOLs can enjoy more visual freedom, especially in their day-to-day activities.

In addition, the advanced design of multifocal IOLs has led to significant improvements in visual acuity and contrast sensitivity compared to earlier generations of the lenses. This has increased patient satisfaction and the popularity of multifocal IOLs. Furthermore, the continual advancements in technology are likely to result in the development of even more advanced multifocal IOLs in the near future.

Another factor that is likely to contribute to the growing market share of multifocal IOLs is the increasing demand for minimally invasive and effective treatments for vision correction. Multifocal IOLs provide a cost-effective and long-lasting solution for patients who require correction for multiple visual distances. This, in turn, is likely to increase the popularity of multifocal IOLs and contribute to their growing market share.

Monofocal IOLs Take the Second Place

However, it is important to note that 22% of respondents believe that monofocal IOLs will still have a significant market share. Monofocal lenses only correct distance vision and do not eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for near vision tasks. Despite this, monofocal lenses remain a popular choice for many patients as they provide excellent distance vision and are typically more affordable than multifocal lenses.

Toric Lenses and Other IOLs Also Poised for Growth

18% of respondents believe that toric lenses will have a significant market share. Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism in addition to near and far vision. They are a good option for patients who have both cataracts and astigmatism and want to improve their vision without relying on glasses or contacts.

Finally, 10% of respondents believe that other types of IOLs will have a significant market share. These may include IOLs with unique features or advanced technology, such as accommodating lenses or extended depth of focus lenses.


The results of the LinkedIn survey suggest that multifocal IOLs will have the largest market share in the upcoming years, due to their ability to provide clear vision at all distances and advancements in technology. However, it is important to remember that other types of IOLs, including monofocal, toric, and other lenses, will also have a significant market share, as they offer unique benefits and are a good choice for certain patients. Ultimately, the best IOL for a patient will depend on their individual needs and preferences.