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.
Probably. Depends on visual needs and expectations. Even with multifocal lenses right now, it's not likely to have full 20/20 distance and j1+ near (will have reduced spectacle dependence). Also monovision works, but might have to sacrifice some depth perception.
Maybe. If you get standard lens for distance, you will still need reading glasses after the surgery. If you choose monovision or a multifocal/accommodating lens implant, the need for reading glasses is significantly reduced.
Depends. Traditional lenses implanted in the eye can correct either distance or near vision. If you do one kind in each eye (mono vision) then you may not need glasses. Newer, accommodative or premium lenses can often focus images for both near and far, thus reducing and sometimes eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.
It all depends. Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy natural lens of the eye with an implant that never clouds up. There are different lens types available - from the basic type that usually requires you to wear glasses after surgery, to multifocal and accommodating lenses that provide glasses freedom in the vast majority of cases. Seek out an eye doctor with a lot of experience implanting these lenses.

Related Questions

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

Surgery. Do not worry...People may require up to 90 days to have their best vision after surgery. Keep using your drops and give yourself more time to heal... Read more...
Too early to judge. We typically don't prescribe new glasses until one month after surgery. In some cases people get along just fine with temporary readers. However, if you have significant astigmatism, no temporary glasses will be sufficient. You need to give this more time. Read more...
Patience. If your surgeon says there were no complications and your retina is healthy you should be able to read as soon as you get the proper reading prescription( which may not be +4). There is also an issue of what kind of vision is in your other eye which possibly could be affecting your reading. Read more...
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...

Is the gold standard that is most predictable, for a person who now wears distance glasses, still a standard IOL for cataract surgery?

Yes. Monofocal IOLs and glasses give excellent vision. In addition, people who have normal macular function and a good tear film do well with the various IOLs used in vision correction. The premium IOLs are more expensive and give you an extended range of uncorrected vision. Use of the ORA, an intraoperative wavefront aberrometer, substantially decreases the risks of using these lenses. . Read more...

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...

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

Wrong Rx. If a spectacle prescription is given too soon after cataract surgery, the corneal may continue to change shape due to wound healing. An early prescription can change, resulting in increased cost to you. Some opticians will allow an rx change for free and in that case an early prescription may be warranted. Read more...
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...

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. I hope the cataract surgery went well! after cataract surgery your eyes are sensitive to bright sunshine so dark sunglasses are recommended for comfort. No harm done going outside for a short period of time. Read more...
Sun after cataracts. It is unlikely that you would get damage to your eye from the sun unless you were gazing directly in to the light. It is possible that it may have been uncomfortable, . Read more...
No. We recommend sunglasses to protect your eyes from uv damage, but also to make you comfortable. Most patients after cataract surgery will experience some light sensitivity during the immediate postoperative period, i.e., 1-2 weeks. I recommend my patients get into the habit of wearing sunglasses in bright sunlight regardless of having had surgery or not. Read more...
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...
Not a problem. Bright light early after cataract surgery can be uncomfortable for the patient but will not cause any damage or problems. Read more...