The list of cataract surgery lens choices: follow the recommendations from this renowned surgeon

When we unveiled the truth about cataracts, our leading cataract specialist and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Sundeep Keterpal, was keen to dispel some of the myths surrounding cataracts. And he wanted to point out, to those with concerns about cataract surgery, that it is a fast and pain-free treatment that can transform your life and vision if you’re one of the many people in the UK living with the (often debilitating) symptoms of cataracts

Based on our own market research, we found out that only 25% of British Adults surveyed knew that glare from bright lights can be one of the major symptoms of cataracts – and a similar number didn’t realise that problems with night vision could also be a symptom. With this in mind, we’ve now created a dedicated section on our website to explain the symptoms of cataracts for anyone who may be concerned about their vision and the possibility of cataracts.

Many people don’t even know they’re suffering from cataracts until they have an eye examination; if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, we would recommend that you request a free consultation at one of our 30 dedicated eye clinics and eye hospitals to discuss your concerns with one of our cataract specialists:
  • Hazy or cloudy vision – as if you’re looking through dirty or frosted lenses
  • Glare from bright lights, particularly at night or whilst driving in the dark
  • Worsening vision at night
  • Double vision in one or both eyes
  • Problems with seeing colours – as if they’re washed out or faded
  • Increasing need for stronger prescriptions and changing glasses/ lenses on a more frequent basis
But if you’re a little further on in your research and have already had an eye examination which has confirmed you are suffering from cataracts – and you’re ready to go ahead with surgery, we’ve created this list, based on advice from our renowned Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons, to help you navigate the different lens choices that are available with refractive cataract surgery.

Cataract lens choices: the shortlist

Why do I need to choose lenses?
Good question. And the good news is that with the development of intraocular lenses (IOLs) cataract surgery will not only get rid of your cataracts, but you will also be able to choose lenses to give you an additional marked improvement in your vision, following your surgery.
When you have cataract surgery, we’ll remove the lens that is causing your problems and replace with an artificial lens – these artificial lenses are similar to the prescription lenses and contact lenses, in that they can correct long and short sight and other associated vision problems.

Intraocular lenses (IOL): the choices
During your consultation and eye examination, we’ll discuss the best option for your individual vision problems – taking into account your lifestyle, occupation and other important considerations. But the following lens types are available:

Monofocal lenses are the most common IOL used in cataract surgery. You may still need to use reading glasses if you opt for monofocal intraocular lenses, but you can choose to have the power adjusted in one of your lenses to give you one eye that works at long distance, and one at short. This is referred to as ‘monovision’. You may lose some clarity with this option, but you can discuss all your concerns during your consultation.

Multifocal/ Accommodative
Multifocal IOLs can provide the most freedom from reading glasses, after your cataract surgery. Multifocal IOLs can correct long distance and short distance vision – a bit like bifocal and multifocal contact lenses. And we would recommend Multifocal intraocular lenses for patients wanting to improve their post-cataract surgery vision quite considerably. 

We would recommend Toric IOLs for patients suffering from Astigmatism – a problem with the curvature of your cornea. These intraocular lenses will help correct the shape of your cornea to make it more spherical – and to minimise problems associated with Astigmatism after your surgery.
To book a free consultation for an eye examination and to discuss the various different lens choices available to you, please complete the online form and we’ll be in touch to arrange a convenient appointment at one of our nationwide eye hospitals.

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