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During cataract surgery, the surgeon will remove the lens that has been clouded by a cataract, and replace it with a new crystal-clear lens.
In preparation for your surgery, you will be asked to select the type of cataract surgery you want. Relax...there are no "bad" choices; each of the three options you will be offered will give you clear vision. Each option features a different type of replacement lens that will influence how dependent (or independent) from reading glasses and bifocals you will be after surgery, so your choice will depend on how you feel about wearing glasses.
One of your choices is TRADITIONAL cataract surgery. You will have clear vision, but the replacement lens implanted during traditional cataract surgery cannot compensate for age-related loss of reading vision ("presbyopia"). If you opt for the traditional surgery, you will still need glasses to improve near vision or to fine-tune distance vision. Most of the people who select the traditional option are quite happy with their choice. However, if you are very bothered by your need for reading glasses or bifocals, you may want to consider the other two options before making your decision.
If you have astigmatism, you may find the ADVANCED cataract surgery option more appealing. This option features a “toric” replacement lens designed to correct astigmatism and reduce your dependence glasses for distance vision.
The third option is called ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY cataract surgery because it features an on an “advanced technology multifocal replacement lens implant. This type of replacement lens implant is also sometimes referred to as a “lifestyle” lens because patients whose lifestyle is active and who value being less dependent on bifocals and reading glasses very often find it a more appealing option. An advanced technology replacement lens implant makes it possible to take vision correction to a new level by restoring youthful ability to focus on objects at varying distances. These lenses are engineered to provide a full range of quality vision.
This question can be answered only after careful consideration of the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle, and the demands of your occupation and hobbies.
Before advising you, your eye surgeon will want to know more about…
Your surgeon can advise you, but ultimately the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?”
“I was impressed with Mattax Neu Prater and their staff. From the time I came in the door until I left after my after-surgery checkup, my experience was absolute comfort. Your appointment is made on your schedule, then you come in and you are handled politely and courteously. I was in, I was out, then I went out for breakfast.”
- Suzy, Actual Patient