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What are the lens options when having cataract surgery?

When your ophthalmologist discusses lens options with you, he/ she will take your lifestyle and anatomy of your eyes into account to choose the best option for you.

If you do not mind wearing spectacles mono-focal lenses are an option. This comes at the lowest cost but requires the use of glasses most of the time. You will have clear images at one specific distance without glasses. Together you and your ophthalmologist will choose clear vision: near, intermediate or far.

Multifocal lenses reduce spectacle dependence and can be a great option for someone with an active lifestyle or even if you are just tired of searching for your glasses. There is a slight compromise in distance vision to create unaided intermediate and near vision. Some patients experience halo’s around lights at night which could influence night driving. 90% of patients are completely spectacle independent. Some patients use glasses for extended reading. More than 90% of Multifocal lens patients in an FDA clinical study said they would choose the same lens again.

The third option is iso-focal lenses. These lenses provide clear distance vision and some intermediate vision. This is ideal if you work on a computer and often use intermediate vision. Glasses will be used mostly for reading purposes. Minimal halos around lights are reported.

Toric lenses are used to treat astigmatism and behave like mono-focal lenses but also treat astigmatism. There are also Toric options available for certain multifocal lenses.

Cataract surgery is the ideal time to invest in your vision. Multifocal and iso-focal lenses come at an additional cost, but reduced or complete spectacle independence can make all the difference.

Disclaimer: The medical content provided is not intended to replace appropriate medical consultation with a qualified health care provider. According to research refractive cataract surgery is safe and effective but not everyone is a good candidate for refractive cataract surgery Vision can change over time. Medical outcomes cannot be guaranteed. Results vary, risks and complications can occur with any medical procedure. Patient testimonials are the opinion of that patient about their individual experience.

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