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- No need for reading glasses after catarct surgery is possible!
A cataract is a clouding in the normally clear lens of your eye. It is not a film or growth as commonly thought. It is natural that if you live long enough you will have a cataract as the lens of your eye continues to change throughout life. Symptoms of a cataract might be:
- Hazy or blurred vision
- Light sensitivity and glar
- Feeling of a "film" over the eye
- Difficulty driving or reading
- General loss of contrast with yellowing of vision.
Risk factors for developing cataracts include being over 55 years old, eye injury or disease, a family history of cataracts, smoking or use of certain medications.
Cataracts are diagnosed during a routine eye examination, and early on, they do not require surgical intervention. Often just changing your glasses will satisfy your visual needs.
"It's like seeing through a dirty windshield of a car instead of a clean windshield!"
Normal vs Cloudy lens
However, when you feel that your vision is not good enough for normal activities and your lifestyle, you should consider cataract surgery. A decision to have a cataract operation will be made by you and us after making certain no other problems are contributing to your symptoms and visual change. During your cataract surgery, the most common surgical procedure in the country, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one called an intraocular lens or IOL.
Artificial lenses (IOLs) are implanted in the eye to replace natural lenses for patients with cataracts, presbyopia or severe refractive errors. Until recently, IOLs were only available to correct distance vision. These monofocal lenses helped improve distance vision after cataract surgery, but patients still needed glasses or contact lenses for near vision activities like reading and playing cards. Now, advancements in technology have produced multifocal IOLs that allow patients to see clearly at all distances -- near, far and many distances in between. Multifocal IOLs such as ReSTOR® preserve distance vision and correct presbyopia so cataract surgery patients -- and patients seeking treatment for refractive errors alone -- can enjoy clear sight without relying on glasses.
If you have been diagnosed as having cataracts and are experiencing one or more of the following vision problems, you may be a candidate for a multifocal IOL:
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty seeing close objects
- Difficulty driving, especially at night
- Frequent changes in glasses prescription
- Need for bifocals
Using apodization, diffraction and refraction technologies, the ReSTOR® lens improves upon ordinary replacement lenses (IOLs) by providing comprehensive focusing capabilities so patients can see clearly in a range of lighting conditions and at all distances -- at noon or midnight, nearby or far away, and many distances in between. Up to 80% of patients who use the ReSTOR® lens don't need to rely on glasses or contact lenses after surgery.