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A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye.  Typically, light rays enter the eye and are focused onto the retina on the back of the eye.  The lens must be clear to properly focus the light.  As it clouds, we call it a cataract.  Patients may notice blurring or dulling of their vision.  Colors may not seem as bright as they used to be.  They may also have difficulty with glare or driving at nighttime.  Patients often describe their vision as having a ‘dirty windshield’ in front of their eyes.  

Cataract surgery


When your eye doctor is no longer able to correct your vision with glasses and your vision is interfering with your ability to engage in your normal activities, it may be time for you to have cataract surgery.  Cataract surgery is an effective, efficient way to restore vision in most patients.  A small incision is made in the eye and the lens is broken into smaller pieces and vacuumed out.  Generally, the eye is numbed with drops and a small amount of anesthesia is given through the vein to make the patient comfortable.  Patients usually report very little pain or anxiety during  their surgery.    

When cataract surgery is performed, your natural lens is replaced with a clear, man-made lens.  Prescription is put into this lens to try to minimize your need for glasses.  The most common target for this is good distance vision.  You will still need reading glasses for close up tasks, such as handwork or reading.  Other options exist, including aiming for good near vision in both eyes, or blended vision (monovision).  In monovision, one eye is targeted for near vision and the other for distance vision.  This helps reduce dependence on glasses, although they may be still required for certain tasks.

Premium IOLs


Sometimes, a patient has a strong desire to eliminate glasses for certain tasks or altogether.  In these cases, it may be necessary to place a special intraocular lens (IOL).  


The typical IOL that insurance pays for does not address astigmatism.  Toric IOLs are a special lens that is designed to address this astigmatism.  This lens is a good option for a patient that is looking to minimize their need for glasses for distance or near.

The typical IOL that insurance pays for corrects vision at only one distance.  The patient and surgeon typically have to choose a target for where their vision will be clearest.  A multifocal IOL allows a patient the ability to see at distance and near.  This is an option for patients who want to minimize their need for glasses at all distances.  Not all patients are candidates for these lenses.  Your surgeon will evaluate your eye health and discuss your options for IOLs at your appointment.

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