When you’re told you have cataracts, it can be a little scary and overwhelming to take the next step. But when your vision is at stake, it’s important to review your cataract surgery options with your eye doctor and proceed with the best course of action for your eyes. With several surgery options, and types of cataract surgery lenses, that course of action might be a little confusing. So here’s a breakdown to help you better understand what’s available to you.
Intraocular Lens (IOL)
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens. So when your cataracts are removed, something needs to replace that lens, which is why IOLs were developed to be implanted in your eye during surgery. Monofocal lenses have a fixed focus and can correct vision at one distance; Multifocal lenses can correct vision at multiple distances; and Toric lenses can help correct astigmatism and create sharp vision at one distance.
Standard Cataract Surgery
When you opt for a standard procedure, you will have your cataract removed and then replaced with Monofocal lenses. Since only one vision distance will be corrected with this option, you will likely need to wear glasses most, if not all, of the time in your daily life.
Peace of Mind Surgery
This type of cataract surgery is laser assisted. Instead of your eye surgeon removing your cataract by hand, they will use the laser to do so. This option can be used with all other cataract procedures, and is recommended since it is more gentle on the eye and reduces the risks of cataract surgery.
The precision procedure is one in which your eye surgeon removes your cataract, while simultaneously correcting your vision. They will correct your prescription at one distance, as well as your astigmatism, leaving you with a need for glasses only some of the time.
Finally, the last of our cataract surgery options was designed to give patients a continuous range of clear, functional vision. After the procedure, you may need glasses for very close work, but otherwise should be able to live glasses-free.
Please contact us to schedule a cataract consultation, so we can help you decide which of our cataract surgery options, and which types of cataract surgery lenses, are best for you.