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Before your cataract procedure, you can choose between a standard lens implant for distance vision with glasses for near vision, or a premium lens implant. Some of us can still recall the way cataract surgery was done in our parents’ and grandparents’ day. Because the eye’s cataract-clouded natural lens had been removed, the patient had to rely on thick, heavy “coke bottle” eyeglasses to provide the focusing power needed for good vision.
Since the FDA approved the first intraocular (“inside of the eye”) lens implant, eye surgeons removing a cataract have replaced the clouded natural lens with a crystal-clear artificial lens. The replacement lens provides very good monofocal (“single-vision”) focusing power, much like a single-vision pair of eyeglasses.
Cataract patients are generally delighted by the return of clear vision after surgery. However, while monofocal replacement lens implants have made those thick “coke bottle” glasses obsolete, they can provide good vision for distance only. If you select a monofocal replacement lens, you will still be dependent on reading glasses or bifocals for close-up vision. Cataract patients can now choose between a standard lens implant for distance vision, or a premium replacement lens for better vision at all distances.
Premium replacement lens implants currently available employ an advanced design that recaptures more youthful vision by compensating for presbyopic changes. Starting at about age 40, most of us need corrective eyewear to focus for close-up tasks, such as reading, threading a needle, or tying a fishing lure. Fortunately, a new generation of specialty multifocal lens implants makes it possible to restore your ability to focus on things at varying distances with less dependency on reading glasses or bifocals. Several brands of multifocal lenses are available. Each lens employs a different approach to reduce or eliminate dependence on corrective eyewear by providing a full range of quality vision, from near to far.
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“My intermediate vision is so much clearer than it was before. I use a computer a great deal with emails and just surfing the web and I don’t
have any problems with that whatsoever. I can read the smallest, smallest print.”
Before your cataract procedure, your eye surgeon will ask you to consider the degree to which you are bothered by wearing glasses and how your life would be different if better vision could make it possible for you to protect or regain your ability to live it on your own terms. How important is it for you to be able to see at varying distances without corrective eyewear?
Premium replacement lens implants have made this broad range of quality vision a reality for thousands of people around the world by reducing or eliminating their dependence on reading glasses and bifocals. Ask your eye surgeon if a premium replacement lens implant is a good choice for you.
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In the past, patients with corneal astigmatism experienced blurred and distorted vision after cataract surgery because a traditional replacement lens could not correct this condition.
If you have astigmatism, you now have another option...a “toric” replacement lens implant that corrects astigmatism and cataracts at the same time. This premium lens is designed to provide quality distance vision with reduced dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Reading glasses may still be needed after cataract surgery if you choose to have your astigmatism corrected with a toric lens.
Good vision is not a luxury…it’s a necessity. Call Carolina Eyecare Physicians to learn more about LASIK affordability.