The initial diagnosis of cataracts can send you into a tailspin; you may wonder if you will ever be able to see well again. The good news is that for most people cataract surgery is extremely effective in removing the cataract-affected lens of the eye and replacing it with an Intraocular Lens (IOL) to significantly improve vision.
The most commonly-used replacement IOLs are called Monofocal IOLs; they have been used for several decades with great success. With a Monofocal lens, your vision will be greatly improved at one distance (close-up, intermediate or far away vision). For example, if you needed reading glasses before cataracts developed, and you choose to have a distance vision Monofocal lens implanted, you will still need reading glasses after surgery.
One main advantage of Monofocal Lenses in Victoria, Texas, is that insurance often covers the cost.
Monofocal IOLs Disadvantages
- Will not correct for pre-existing astigmatism
- You may still need to wear glasses after surgery
In an effort to reduce the need for glasses after cataract surgery, some patients opt for Monovision. During this process, one Monofocal IOL is set for near vision in one eye and a different Monofocal IOL is set for distance vision in the other eye. Discuss this option in depth with our team to understand the pros and cons of Monovision.
Lifestyle Lens Option
We also offer an alternative to Monofocal IOLs with Lifestyle Lenses. These are different IOL options that provide improved vision at multiple distances and even correct for presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) and astigmatism.
To learn more about Monofocal IOLs or Lifestyle Lenses in south Texas, contact us to schedule a Cataract Consultation today.