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Will I Still Need Glasses After Cataract Surgery?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that prevents normal vision. 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.

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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.