What are my options?
Treatment options vary based on how significantly vision is affected. New glasses may help. Patients can also elect to do nothing if their daily activities are not affected. However, cataract surgery is a very common procedure and modern cataract surgery allows for quick recovery.
When your ophthalmologist determines your cataract is ready for removal, there are several surgical treatments available. Your L.O. Eye Care cataract specialist will recommend a surgical option based on your personal needs and desires.
This is the lens implant (also known as monofocal lens) that has been used in cataract surgery for decades. It has been proven effective with predictable vision results. It can be used in a variety of eyes and can be used in the presence of other eye diseases. This implant is commonly used to correct either distance or near vision only. It is not designed to correct both distance and near vision, thus reading glasses and/or bifocals are necessary. Also, it does not correct for astigmatism.
If you have astigmatism and cataracts, your cataract specialist may recommend an advanced lens called a Toric Lens. This intraocular lens treats preexisting astigmatism at the same time it corrects cataracts. You will enjoy improved distance vision versus a basic implant. This implant does not correct for both distance and near vision, so reading glasses and/or bifocals are necessary.
This high-technology lens is designed to allow patients to get a range of vision for distance and near vision – reducing or may eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery. This implant may not be suitable for every individual. Your L.O. Eye Care Cataract Specialist will perform pre-surgical testing to determine if you are a candidate.
A basic or toric implant can be used to correct one eye for distance and the other for near vision (contact lens wearers over the age of 40 often do this). This works for some people, but may not be suitable for others due to visual confusion and reduced depth perception.