Will I wear glasses after cataract surgery?

Many patients ask why they have to wear corrective glasses after cataract surgery. In standard cataract surgery, the natural lens (or cataract) is replaced with a synthetic lens. The synthetic lens provides one focal point (either distance vision or near vision) and can not change. So if your cataract surgery allows you to have excellent distance vision, then you’ll need glasses for near tasks, and vice versa. Our calculation for lens replacement power is based on measurements of the cornea and the length of the eye. Using sophisticated mathematical models, the lens power is then chosen. That lens is then placed in the eye during cataract surgery. So while you may have to wear glasses after cataract surgery, your vision will be much improved through the new lenses!

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