Being able to see through eyes that are no longer clouded from cataracts is a big deal for patients who undergo cataract surgery. Being able to see clearly without glasses is a bonus that many also realize. While it’s not always feasible for surgeons to completely correct nearsightedness and farsightedness when cataracts are removed, new procedures are making it more and more possible.
So will you need glasses after your cataract surgery? In most cases, no.
Cataract surgery involves the removal of the eye’s lens. During the procedure, the lens that has been damaged due to a cataract is completely removed using a laser. Once it is gone, doctors will carefully replace the lens with an artificial lens implant. The lens used can be designed to correct near or farsightedness. That means when you go in for cataract surgery, you will most likely have your vision corrected at the same time.
While not too long ago surgeons were only able to fix farsightedness, new breakthroughs in multi-focal lenses have made a big difference on this front. Special lenses have also been designed to help people who suffer from nearsightedness as well. Add to this the fact that some surgeons can actually correct astigmatism during the cataract removal and the options are staggering for those who are used to living life behind a pair of glasses.
Cataract surgery has come a very long way in recent years with many people finding they can leave their glasses behind after a successful operation. Courtesy of laser technology, the procedure takes just minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis for your comfort and convenience.
If cataracts are a concern, be sure to consult with a skilled surgeon about all available options. Keep in mind, too, that surgeons cannot guarantee 20/20 vision, but many patients find they enjoy it after the procedure is performed.