- Cataract Surgery
- After Cataract Surgery
Available Treatment Options
Mary-Ann can see vivid colors again
For early cataracts, sometimes simply updating your prescription for glasses or contact lenses will restore your vision to an acceptable level.
But most cataracts continue to worsen and eventually changes to your glasses or contacts will no longer help. At some point, it's likely you will need cataract surgery if you want to restore your vision.
The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgical procedures, and outcomes typically are excellent.
During the procedure, your cataract surgeon will remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant called an intraocular lens, or IOL.
There are several types of IOLs your surgeon can choose from, depending on your specific needs. For example, in addition to restoring vision lost to cataracts, some IOLs can also correct astigmatism.
Other premium lens implants called multifocal IOLs can correct the normal age-related loss of near vision called presbyopia, and thereby can reduce your need for reading glasses after cataract surgery.
During your pre-operative exam and consultation, your cataract surgeon can help you choose the best IOL for your visual needs and how much freedom from eyeglasses or contact lenses you desire after cataract surgery.
During your pre-op consultation, your surgeon also will discuss with you the latest advances in cataract surgery technology, including laser-assisted cataract surgery that provides a higher level of precision for several steps of a cataract procedure.