Will I need prescription reading glasses after cataract surgery?

It is best to wait a few days after surgery to get temporary reading glasses to allow for some initial recovery of vision.

Are reading glasses always needed 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 strength reading glasses are needed after cataract surgery?

You will of course need reading glasses, which will be an extra +2.5 or so to your distance prescription. These glasses may be reading glasses only, varifocals, or bifocals. (Which of these you will be given depends on what you want/what your optometrist advises.)

Does your reading prescription change after cataract surgery?

No, your vision generally doesn’t deteriorate after cataract surgery unless other problems arise, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma.

Why can’t I read after cataract surgery?

With age the natural lens in your eye changes and influences your near sight and ability to read. This is a natural process called Presbyopia.

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.

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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.