One of the major decisions you need to make when deciding on cataract surgery is which type of intra-ocular lens implant you want to have. There are 3 types of implants that are recommended depending upon what your previous glasses prescription was and what type of lifestyle you have had or would like to have after surgery. The first type of implant is a spherical lens implant. This would be what your insurance company calls the “basic” lens implant. This type of implant corrects for either nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). You will still need to wear glasses for reading and you may need to have glasses for distance if you have more than a mild amount of astigmatism.

This brings us to the second type of lens implant which is a toric lens implant. This type of implant can correct for mild, moderate, and in some cases, severe astigmatism. This lens implant can make it so that you will reduce your need for glasses for distance but you will need glasses for reading up close.

If you are looking to reduce your need for glasses at all distances, the third option of lens implant could be your best bet and it is called a multifocal lens implant. This implant has different powers made for different focal distances so you can look anywhere and be able to see most of the time without glasses. This means you could drive your car, read your emails on your computer, and even enjoy reading a book at home with a reduction in your need for glasses.

Now there are a few bits of information that are helpful in deciding which lens implant is best. Examples would include what your glasses prescription was previously, if you want to wear glasses after surgery, what lifestyle you currently have, what hobbies you like to do, and what kind of optics the inside of your eye has, to name a few. It is best to discuss with your eye doctor what your visual goals are after your cataract surgery so that they can best advise you on which implant would work best for you. If you are ready to be evaluated for cataract surgery, please call and set up an appointment today (860) 233-2020.