I Have Cataracts
This is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, most often due to increasing age.
- Vision typically appears cloudy or foggy, often with increased glare and light sensitivity.
- Cataracts occur in addition to other vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and/or presbyopia).
- Cataract Surgery – This procedure surgically removes the clouded natural lens of your eye and replaces it with a clear artificial lens implant. Click on the link to learn more about cataract surgery.
Thinking About Your Surgical Options
When cataracts are present, cataract surgery is usually the best option for correcting your vision. However, there are several options available to help reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses after your cataract surgery. Your examination will allow us to determine which of these options are best suited for your unique visual needs. Here are some potential options to think about and discuss with the doctor when deciding on your visual goals:
- Cataract Surgery with Single Vision Intraocular Lenses This is the traditional option utilized for cataract surgery, and is usually covered by medical insurance. A standard, single vision intraocular lens implant provides one focal point (distance OR near). Vision may be set to a desired outcome based on your lifestyle and visual demands, so you may consider:
- Full Distance Vision Correction for Both Eyes This would provide you with great distance vision, but you would still require reading glasses for near and midrange (computer) vision. This is a good option for patients who have an active outdoor lifestyle and don’t mind wearing reading glasses.
- Monovision With this option, the dominant eye is corrected for full distance vision, while the non-dominant eye is corrected to see well at near. While this concept may sound strange, most patients actually adapt well. The brain learns to depend more on the distance eye when viewing distance objects, and depend more on the near eye when using a computer or reading. The use of reading glasses may still be needed on occasion (mostly for detailed near work), but patients are not typically dependent on them. Monovision is a good option for patients who multi-task and are willing to accept a slight compromise in distance vision in order to gain near vision. However, not all patients will qualify for monovision. Our office can help you determine if this is an option for you.
- Cataract Surgery with Multifocal Intraocular Lenses Newer technology now provides premium multifocal lens implants, which enables a wide range of vision – including distance, intermediate, and near. As the brain adapts to the new optical system, haloes may be noticeable after surgery, and should diminish over time as vision settles. Patients who consider this option must have good eye health, and must have the right attitude in order to achieve good results. There are different premium lens options available for implantation, and our staff can help advise you which choice is best for you. We currently offer the following premium lenses as part of our refractive package service:
- ReSTOR® This lens implant uses revolutionary apodized diffractive technology – a series of concentric circular rings which focuses images on the retina and enables a full range of vision. Patients with ReSTOR® lenses usually report great distance vision and great near vision, with adequate intermediate (computer) vision. The vast majority of patients with ReSTOR® lenses will no longer need glasses, but some patients may still need glasses on occasion for certain tasks.
- Tecnis® This lens has the ability to consistently offer patients improved vision at a range of distances, from near to middle to far. The Tecnis® Lens is the only wavefront-designed lens with FDA-approved claims for improved functional vision and improved night-driving simulator performance. The vast majority of patients with Tecnis® lenses will no longer need glasses, but some patients may still need glasses on occasion for certain tasks.