Can I avoid having glasses or contacts after cataract surgery?
The answer to this question used to be, “there is no way to avoid glasses after cataract surgery.” Many people needed glasses for distance vision, and virtually everyone required glasses for computer and reading vision. Special lenses, called Premium IOL's have now become available that can correct astigmatism, allow people to see well in the distance without glasses, and even correct near vision without the need for reading glasses. Also, through a special technique called “blended vision,” patients can achieve glasses independence for reading, computer, and distance vision. These special diagnostics and/or IOL's are not covered by insurance, but can be easily substituted in place of a basic IOL because the surgical procedure is nearly identical to traditional cataract surgery.