Will I Need Glasses after Cataract Surgery?

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon Serving Lombard, Naperville, Downers Grove & Nearby Chicago, IL

Posted: January 29, 2019

Cataracts are one of the most common age-related vision conditions impacting Americans today. Currently, there are over 40 million people over the age of 40 with this condition, and roughly half of the population over the age of 75 has developed cataracts. This number is expected to rise significantly over the next 25 years.

When cataracts form, your eye’s lens becomes clouded. This causes light to scatter instead of focusing properly on your retina, resulting in gradual vision loss. While untreated cataracts can eventually lead to blindness, this rarely happens. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore clear vision.

When you undergo cataract surgery, Dr. Foulkes will remove your eye’s clouded natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL), that will restore clear vision. In many instances, you will be able to eliminate your need for glasses after cataract surgery. However, this will depend on several factors unique to your specific situation.

Factors Impacting the Need for Glasses after Cataract Surgery

man wearing glasses after cataract surgeryThe following factors all influence your potential need for glasses after cataract surgery:

  • Your current eyeglass prescription
  • Whether you have healthy eyes
  • The type of IOL used to replace your eye’s natural lens
  • Whether you have astigmatism

Premium IOL Options Can Eliminate the Need for Glasses after Cataract Surgery

One of the most important factors impacting whether you’ll need glasses after cataract surgery is the type of IOL you choose. Traditionally, you were only able to get a monofocal IOL. These lenses only allow you to focus clearly at one visual point, which means you would need glasses to see clearly at other distance levels. In most cases, you’d be able to have clear distance vision and you’d wear glasses to see clearly when performing near vision tasks.

While you can still choose a traditional monofocal IOL for cataract surgery, you now also have more advanced options available. These premium IOLs are multifocal, allowing you to focus clearly at a variety of visual points. When you choose a premium multifocal IOL, it will often allow you to see clearly at all distances without the need for glasses after cataract surgery.

Premium IOLs offer several other benefits in addition to eliminating the need for glasses:

  • Improved vision in a wide range of lighting conditions
  • Better range of vision
  • Ability to perform near vision tasks, such as reading, more effectively

Keep in mind that these premium IOL options cost more than monofocal IOLs. While you’ll experience many benefits by choosing a premium lens implant that frees you from glasses, you’ll still need to evaluate whether you can fit the cost of this IOL into your budget. If you prefer a more affordable option, Dr. Foulkes can provide you with a traditional monofocal IOL which will still achieve excellent results that significantly improve your vision. However, you will most likely still need glasses if you choose a monofocal IOL.

Premium IOL Options Offered at Foulkes Vision

At Foulkes Vision, we offer the following premium IOL options:

  • Tecnis® – This IOL will help you achieve improved image quality under a wide range of lighting conditions and at varying pupil sizes
  • Toric® IOL – This is an excellent option for cataract surgery patients who have astigmatism
  • Crystalens® – This IOL is a great option if you would like to treat presbyopia in addition to cataracts

During your cataract surgery consultation, Dr. Foulkes will discuss your IOL options with you in detail and recommend the ideal lens implant to provide you with the best possible vision.

Contact Our Chicago Cataract Surgeon

Please contact Foulkes Vision using the form on this page or call 630-724-1400 today to schedule your cataract surgery consultation. We serve patients in Chicago, Lombard and the surrounding areas of Illinois.

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