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If I get cataract surgery will I still need glasses?

If I get cataract surgery will I still need glasses?

Not necessarily: Cataract surgery's main goal is to clear up the "cloudy" vision and glare effects. With today's modern technology, it is quite possible to end up not needing glasses for distance or near work. In order for that to happen, the eye has to have the ability to see 20/20 in the first place, and the patient would need to select a lens technology that can help achieve this goal. The technology is not covered by insurance, however. Speak to your eye surgeon about your vision goals after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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I have cataract surgery before 15 days .But i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. Is it normal?

I have cataract surgery before 15 days .But i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. Is it normal?

Reading!: How is your distance vision? You may be using too strong if reading glasses, try a + 2.00. There are many possible explanations for your situation. See your surgeon! ...Read more

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I had a cataract surgery 15 days ago but i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. What should I do?

I had a cataract surgery 15 days ago but i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. What should I do?

Cataract surgery: Vision after cataract surgery can take a number of weeks to stabilize. If you have significant astigmatism, you may need to get this corrected before reading glasses or bifocals will help you read. ...Read more

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Optometrists: progressive glasses after monovision cataract surgery, where can I get this?

Progressive glasses: Most any eyeMD or optometrist can give you a Rx for progressive glasses after monovison cataract surgery. MD or OD will determine what power is needed & if your brain will tolerate them if large difference in power between both eyes. More info at: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more

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What is the difference between lasik and cataract surgery. I still want to wear eyeglasses. Will I be able to?

Not the Same: LASIC is a procedure done on the corneas to improve vision. Cataract surgery replaces the lens of the eye which has become cloudy. See an Ophthalmologist for guidance. ...Read more

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Why do the doctors wait for 4 weeks or more before prescribing glasses following cataract surgery?

Its necessary: It takes some time for your eye to fully heal and your prescription to stabilize. Most doctors wait at least several weeks before giving a patient their final prescription. Just how long is up to your doctor and also depends on how fast your eye heals. ...Read more

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I had cataract surgery last weds. Today I inadvertently went outside in bright sun without my dark glasses on - did I do serious harm? I was only ou

I had cataract surgery last weds.  Today I inadvertently went outside in bright sun without my dark glasses on - did I do serious harm?  I was only ou

No harm: The dark glasses are not medicinal. They are to 1) give you some comfort from the increased light input to the eye after cataract removal and 2) provide a little protection from a direct poke to the eye. Do not worry. ...Read more

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Why does someone need those thick glasses after cataract surgery and why?

Aphakia: Typically it is due to a condition called aphakia, where the natural focusing lens removed during the surgery is not replaced with a lens implant. This is not common. Modern uncomplicated cataract surgery does not require thick glasses afterwards, and in many cases actually reduces or eliminates the need for glasses. ...Read more

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Optometrists: progressive glasses after monovision cataract surgery. How do these work?

The same: as they do before cataract surgery - by correcting both eyes for distance and having a progressively stronger column in the bottom of the glasses for close work. By allowing both eyes to see clearly at all distances, this should allow good vision for those activities in which the mono-vision correction is not adequate. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more