How Can I Avoid Eyeglasses After Cataract Surgery?

Reviewed by: Jason Jacobs, M.D. and Leslie Doctor, M.D.

Question: How can I avoid Will I need to wearing eyeglasses after cataract surgery?

Answer: There are two primary goals of Cataract Surgery. The first goal is to remove the cloudy crystalline lens. The crystalline lens is actually an optical component of the eye that provides focusing power. The second goal of Cataract Surgery is to replace the optical and focusing power that was provided by crystalline lens. This is accomplished by implanting an intraocular lens (IOL) to provide the correct amount of focusing power to allow you to see clearly.

If you wore glasses because you were nearsighted, farsighted or had astigmatism before you developed a Cataract, it is possible for the Cataract Surgeon to use a carefully calculated IOL power or special IOL that can correct astigmatism so that you may not need to wear eyeglasses to see at distance after your surgery. Today, it is even possible for Cataract Surgeons to select IOLs that can correct both distance and near vision so that you can decrease, or even eliminate, your dependence on bifocals and reading glasses after Cataract Surgery.

If you think you have a Cataract or have been told you have a Cataract and would like to be less dependent on glasses it is worthwhile to find a Cataract Surgeon who has experience with advanced technology intraocular lens implants so that they can guide you as you learn about your possibilities and options for vision correction after Cataract Surgery.

The information that has been provided here is intended to give patients a basic understanding of the need to wear eyeglasses after Cataract Surgery. It is possible that your individual experience might be different. None of the information provided here is meant to be a substitute for or replace your eye doctor's consultation nor does it replace the need for you to consult with your Cataract Surgeon about specific details of Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation.

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