Does cataract surgery correct your vision?

Does cataract surgery correct your vision?


You might be wondering how the cataract removal affects your vision. In this article we’ll talk about what happens during and after surgery and how does that alter your eyesight.

As you can read in our previous article, the aim of the surgery is to remove the faulty lens affected by cataract.

To do this your doctor uses ultrasound to break up the lens into tiny pieces, so he can remove them safely and easily. So the cataract doesn’t get removed from the lens but with the lens.

Then, your doctor carefully places the artificial lens into your eye. This lens is designed to perfectly match your eye, and to take over your original lens’ job.

Extensive examination is needed beforehand, to measure your vision and the size of your eye.

Steps of cataract surgery

Choosing the right implant lens

As we mentioned, your doctor will take a long time to measure your eye. Then you’ll have a thorough discussion about the expectations you have regarding the new, artificial lens.

This will be exciting news for you, as these lenses can and will improve the vision you had prior cataracts.

Whether you’ve been far or short-sighted before you started developing cataract(s) on your eye(s) you can expect a tremendous improvement.

The main role of this lens is to take over the functions of the previous, natural lens you had. In addition, doctors and modern medicine developed such lenses that can correct the visual disturbances just like a glass or a contact lens would.

There are monofocal, multifocal, toric and event accommodating lenses. Each of them has a different purpose.

  • With monofocal lenses you can see clear at one distance which can be set to distance, intermediate or near.
  • Multifocal lenses reduce the need for a glass, because this lens allows you to see clear both at distance and near.
  • Toric lenses can cure astigmatism, and provide clear vision at one distance only.
  • Accommodating lenses, as the name suggest, can shift focus and you can see clear at varying distances.

Each lens has benefits and downsides as well. You and your doctor will make a decision together which best serves your well-being and further quality of life.

What can I expect after cataract surgery?

Now you know how an artificial lens can completely eliminate the need for another glass or contact lenses. This also means, you can get back to the things you enjoyed in the past like contact sports or swimming, dancing, or anything you had to give up due to your bad vision.

Your quality of life can and will be improved, which leads to a life better lived. However, if you had a bad case of visual disturbance, you might need glasses in the future, after surgery, as well but your vision will still improve.

You can read a lot more about the pain regarding the surgery or the surgery itself if you click here.