A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that prevents
Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a new, artificial lens. While
vision is improved dramatically after cataract surgery, many patients
want to know if they will still require glasses. Only your ophthalmologist
will be able to answer this question definitively, so it is important
to talk to him or her about your treatment before surgery so that you’ll
know what to expect.
Life After Cataracts: Glasses or No Glasses?
In the vast majority of cases, glasses will still be required, even after
your cataract surgery. Much will depend on what the condition of your
vision was prior to your cataracts. The type of lens implants that your
ophthalmologist chooses for you will also play a major role in what your
vision will be like post-surgery.
Advances in artificial lens technology have created the possibility of
being able to go without eyewear
after cataract surgery, but it is important not to have too high of expectations. A variety of
factors go into determining the quality of your vision after surgery,
some of which can be addressed and some of which cannot.
If the ability to be able to live and see properly without glasses is very
important to you, then the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation
with your ophthalmologist. During this consultation, the two of you can
review the options for lens implants, review your optical health, discuss
any complications that may be present, and devise a treatment plan that
is both safe and acceptable to you.
If you have cataracts in NYC and are interested in cataract surgery or
other vision correction options, then contact us at the offices of
Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Schedule an appointment by calling (212) 580-8881. We will be happy to
assess your unique vision needs and goals, as well as provide you with
a custom treatment plan that works for you. Call or visit our website
for more information.