Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation in the United States. Modern cataract surgery involves the removal of the cataract or cloudy natural lens from within the eye and the implantation of an artificial lens.
Cataract surgery usually takes between fifteen to twenty minutes and can be done in an outpatient surgery setting. Most patients are awake during surgery and only require light sedation. Cataract surgery is usually performed on one eye at a time with short recovery time.
The standard implant lens is focused at one location, for most people this will provide good distance vision. Most patients who receive a standard lens will need glasses for reading and other near work and may benefit from glasses for their distance vision.
For some patients, freedom from glasses is very important. Lenses with additional technology can benefit patients who would like to reduce their dependence on glasses. These lenses with advanced technology can help neutralize astigmatism and can provide good vision at multiple locations. If you are interested in reducing your need for glasses with cataract surgery, Dr. Traynor will discuss these advanced lens options with you.