Will I still need bifocals after cataract surgery?

It depends. If you choose standard cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, it’s likely you will need reading glasses and possibly computer glasses or other special-purpose eyewear afterward, depending on your visual needs.

What type of glasses will I need after cataract surgery?

People had to wear very thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses to be able to see clearly after cataract surgery. Now, we have a replacement for the eye’s natural lenses called intraocular lenses (IOLs). There are several types of lens implants available to help reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses.

Do you always need reading glasses after cataract surgery?

You’ll still need reading glasses for close-up tasks like reading, but many Toric IOL patients are thrilled to go from needing to wear glasses or contacts all the time, to just needing glasses or contacts for close up tasks.

How long should you wait to get glasses after cataract surgery?

When will I get my new glasses? We usually recommend waiting until your eye has settled, at around 6 weeks after surgery, before getting an eye test for your new glasses from your optician.

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Why is my vision blurry 2 years after cataract surgery?

Sometimes blurry vision is caused by PCO, a fairly common complication that can occur weeks, months or (more frequently) years after cataract surgery. It happens when the lens capsule, the membrane that holds your new, intraocular lens in place, becomes hazy or wrinkled and starts to cloud vision.

How bad is near vision after cataract surgery?

According to the American Optometric Association, approximately 90 percent of patients report having better vision after having cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, it’s normal for your vision to be blurry at first as your eye recovers. The blurred vision will typically go away within a few days.

Why is my vision getting worse after cataract surgery?

The “big 3” potential problems that could permanently worsen vision after cataract/IOL surgery are: 1) infection, 2) an exaggerated inflammatory response, and 3) hemorrhage.

Does Medicare cover bifocals after cataract surgery?

Generally, Medicare doesn’t cover vision correction eyeglasses, contacts, or LASIK surgery for reasons unrelated to cataracts. Medicare also doesn’t cover eyeglass “extras” like bifocals, tinted lenses, scratch resistant coating, or any contact-lens accessories.

Does cataract surgery restore 20/20 Vision?

It is a relatively quick procedure with a fast recovery time that restores a person’s quality of life. Some patients ask if they will have 20/20 vision after the procedure. Most patients can achieve 20/20 vision as long as they have no other conditions.

Can you wear your prescription glasses after cataract surgery?

Are they safe to wear? You will not harm your eyes by wearing your old glasses. However, you may prefer not wearing them since, in most cases, your vision will have improved after surgery, in particular your distance vision.

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What happens if you don’t wear sunglasses after cataract surgery?

Everyone should protect their eyes from UV rays outdoors, both before and after cataract surgery, Dr. Bansal says. In fact, UV protection may even slow the development of cataracts. This means there’s no set time frame to wear sunglasses after cataract surgery.

Can cataracts grow back?

No, cataracts cannot grow back.

However, sometimes after successful cataract surgery, the natural capsule that is left behind becomes cloudy. This causes the vision to become blurry again, much like it was before cataract surgery.

Will light streaks go away after cataract surgery?

With negative dysphotopsias, patients see a temporal, dark, crescent-shaped shadow in the peripheral that increases with bright light and usually resolves in 80% of cases in 2 years.

How can I prevent PCO after cataract surgery?

The most important contribution to preventing PCO is to use an IOL with a square edge. In particular, I recommend using a 360° square-edged IOL. I do not think that the implantation of a capsular tension ring can reduce the incidence of PCO.