Why You Might Need Glasses After Cataract Surgery...

If you are considering or preparing to undergo cataract surgery, you may be surprised to learn that you may still need to wear glasses. The type of post-cataract surgery glasses you might need will vary depending on the type of artificial lens you choose and any after-effects you experience after the operation. Cataract surgery involves removing and replacing the eye’s clouded natural lens. A new artificial lens substitute — called an intraocular lens or IOL — will take its place, sharpening your vision and helping you see colors better. The perfect IOL implant for you An experienced ophthalmologist can help you choose the right intraocular lens for you based on your condition and lifestyle. You may want to consider a clinic that offers several options such as monofocal and multifocal lens replacements. Monofocal lenses restore your vision at a fixed distance — either far, near, or intermediate. They can also be used to correct astigmatism. However, depending on which focal length you choose to set your new lens at, you will need two sets of prescription glasses to be able to see at the other distances. For example, if you set your intraocular lens for distance vision, you will need glasses for reading or looking at a computer screen. Multifocal lenses give you more freedom from glasses, as they allow you to focus at all three distances. Some patients find they need a small reading prescription for viewing very fine print. Alternatively, monofocal lenses can be used to focus at two different distances by placing a lens for distance in one eye and a lens for near vision in the other. “Monovision” is a cost-effective alternative to multifocal lenses, though it can be tricky to get used to. Other reasons you might still need...