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Will I Still need Glasses
Will I Still need Glasses
WILL I STILL
NEED GLASSES?

Before cataract surgery, you and your ophthalmologist should discuss your vision goals and eye health in order to choose the most appropriate intraocular lens impant (IOL) for you. Some IOLs may reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery, even if you currently wear glasses for reading or seeing at a distance.

WILL I STILL
NEED GLASSES?

Before cataract surgery, you and your ophthalmologist should discuss your vision goals and eye health in order to choose the most appropriate intraocular lens impant (IOL) for you. Some IOLs may reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery, even if you currently wear glasses for reading or seeing at a distance.

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EYE CONDITIONS AND GLASSES

Some eye conditions are usually treated with glasses or contact lenses, but may be corrected during cataract surgery. If you wore glasses for these conditions before cataract surgery, you may no longer need glasses after the surgery, depending on the lens you choose. Eye conditions that can also be corrected during cataract surgery include:

NEARSIGHTEDNESS (MYOPIA)

A condition where you can see objects close to you clearly, but objects farther away appear blurry. When someone has both cataracts and myopia at the same time, objects look blurry, especially when they are far away. Myopia is usually corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.1

Nearsightedness

FARSIGHTEDNESS (HYPEROPIA)

Farsightedness Hyperopia

Hyperopia is usually treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.2 When someone has both cataracts and hyperopia at the same time, objects may seem blurry at all distances.

AGE-RELATED FARSIGHTEDNESS (PRESBYOPIA)

Presbyopia is a natural condition that develops as the lens in your eye gets harder, losing its flexibility with age. As presbyopia develops, you may find you have to hold books and magazines at arm’s length to read them. Before cataract surgery, presbyopia is generally treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to help see far and close objects more clearly.3

Age-RelatedFarsightedness

ASTIGMATISM

A condition where vision is blurry at all distances. It is caused by an irregularly shaped cornea (the clear cover in front of your eye). When someone has cataracts and astigmatism at the same time, objects may look blurry at all distances. Before cataract surgery, the most common treatment for astigmatism is prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.4

References:
1. National Eye Institute Staff. Nearsightedness. National Eye Institute. https://nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/myopia.
2. Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Staff. Far-sightedness (hyperopia). http://www.cnib.ca/en/your-eyes/eye-conditions/Far-Sightedness/Pages/default.aspx.
3. National Eye Institute Staff. Presbyopia. https://nei.nih.gov/health/errors/presbyopia.
4. National Eye Institute Staff. Astigmatism. https://nei.nih.gov/health/errors/astigmatism

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