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Your Cataract Surgery Options

During cataract surgery, the surgeon will remove the lens that has been clouded by a cataract, and replace it with a new intraocular lens (IOL). Because one size does not fit all, you will be asked to select the type of cataract surgery you want. Relax...there are no "bad" choices. Each of the four options you will be offered will give you clear vision. Each option features a different type of replacement IOL 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.

If you want clear vision and do not mind wearing glasses to improve near vision or to fine-tune distance vision…

  • TRADITIONAL Cataract Surgery
    -  Includes a single-focus IOL for focus at one distance (near or far)

If you want reduced dependence on glasses for clear distance vision…

  • ASTIGMATISM CORRECTING Cataract Surgery
    -  Includes “Monovision” (correcting one eye for distance, one eye for near vision)
    -  Includes a “toric” IOL or an LRI incision for astigmatism correction

If you want reduced dependence on glasses for clear vision at varying distances…

  • MULTIFOCAL Cataract Surgery
    -  Includes a multifocal “lifestyle” IOL for near and far vision for those with active lifestyles
    -  If needed, includes treatment of astigmatism with limbal relaxing incisions (LRI)

If you want optimized visual results with the latest WaveTec laser-assisted technology…

Which option and replacement lens will be right for me?

Don’t worry; your doctor will guide you through your options. He and our counselors will answer all of your questions and help you choose the option that meets both your visual and financial needs.

However, before advising you, your doctor will want to know more about the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle, and the demands of your occupation and hobbies…

  • the kind of work you do
  • how many hours a day you read and what types of reading you do
  • how many hours a day you use a computer
  • the types of outdoor activity you enjoy
  • your hobbies, and whether you do close work, like sewing or knitting
  • how much driving you do at night
  • whether you like to travel
  • how bothered you are by wearing glasses

Your surgeon can advise you, but ultimately the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?”

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“Everybody on the staff that I dealt with on the day of my surgery was very professional. It was just a very good experience. You feel very comfortable and safe in their hands. I was just so amazed that my vision was that clear, that quickly!”
- Kay, Actual Patient

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