At Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we have performed cataract surgery and helped thousands of patients achieve clear vision after cataracts. In our experience, one of the most commonly asked questions among prospective patients is whether they will need to wear glasses after surgery. The answer depends on the patient’s eyes and the choices they make about their surgery.
In particular, the type of intraocular lens (IOL) the patient selects heavily influences whether they will need glasses after surgery. During the cataract procedure, the surgeon removes the natural cloudy lens and replaces it with a tiny artificial lens. The lens helps to refract light that enters the eye and provide clearer, sharper vision after surgery. We offer a wide range of IOLs designed to suit our patients’ diverse visual needs and lifestyles.
Standard Monofocal IOLs
Patients who select standard monofocal IOLs usually need to wear glasses after cataract surgery for certain activities. A monofocal IOL restores clear vision at one focusing distance (near, intermediate or far). Many patients that opt for monofocal IOLs have them set for distance vision, and wear reading glasses for near vision assistance.
Multifocal IOLs restore clear vision at multiple distances, providing partial or complete independence from glasses.
Extended Range of Vision IOLs
Extended range of vision IOLs are the most advanced IOLs currently available. These lenses provide a continuous full range of vision at near, far and intermediate distances. For the active patient, extended range of vision IOLs are usually the most suitable option as they provide a seamless transition between near and far objects.
Toric IOLs correct cataracts and astigmatism simultaneously. Patients with astigmatism that select standard IOLs usually need to wear glasses after cataract surgery to correct their astigmatism, whereas patients that select toric lenses have greater independence from glasses after cataract surgery.
Contact Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons Today
No lens can guarantee complete independence from glasses at every distance or in every lighting condition. However, our team can advise you of suitable lens options for your vision and lifestyle needs and set your expectations accordingly.
If you want clear vision and freedom from glasses after cataract surgery, our team is happy to discuss the available options. We invite you to schedule an informational consultation today.