GLASSES AFTER CATARACT SURGERY?
Do you or don’t you want to wear glasses after cataract surgery? With so many great options to choose from, patients can now enjoy a lifestyle with less dependency on glasses.
Most cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and are found to some degree in up to 65 percent of people in their 60s and in over 80 percent of people over than 70 years of age. In one recent large study, 15 percent of people 52 to 85 years of age had cataracts that reduced their visual acuity to below normal. It is estimated that 5 million to 10 million people throughout the world become visually disabled each year because of cataracts. In this country alone, some 1 million cataract operations are performed each year. Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). All types of IOLs offer improved vision after surgery.
With so many great options to choose from, how do you decide on the right one? It’s easy- simply choose which of the following statements you most agree with!
“I’m OK wearing glasses after cataract surgery.”
Your best option is a conventional lens implant, a single vision IOL. Following cataract surgery, your eye will be naturally focused at distance. You may need glasses to maximize your far vision, and you will definitely need glasses for reading.
“I’m OK wearing glasses, but just for either reading or far vision (not both) after my cataract surgery.”
For patients with moderate to severe astigmatism, a toric IOL can help reduce or eliminate dependence on eyeglasses or contacts postoperatively.
“I don’t want to wear glasses for reading or far vision after my cataract surgery.”
A multifocal lens implant will help you see for most far and near activities without the use of glasses. Surgery can be done with traditional cataract or laser-assisted cataract surgery. A multifocal IOL typically gives each eye good far and near vision including driving, watching TV and reading normal print like books, magazines, newspapers, and menus.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, or report any of the symptoms associated with cataracts, please contact us at 801.568.0200. We would be happy to give you an examination to determine your treatment options which include the new advances in cataract surgery. This visit is usually covered by medical insurances including Medicare.