Take comfort in the serendipity that wisdom and cataracts may have arrived at the same time. You’ve probably seen the words of The Serenity Prayer that—right there at the end—characterize wisdom as the ability to know the difference between the things you can and cannot change. Well, in a wonderful turn of events, the ability to change how perfectly you see without glasses for both reading and distance after cataract surgery has been moved by technology from the “cannot” list, over to the list of things you can change.
When you can no longer do the things that you want to do as well as you want to do them because your vision isn’t good enough, you’re ready for cataract surgery. You’d need to see an eye doctor (perhaps us!) to confirm that it is a cataract causing the poor vision, but that is a diagnosis you can cheer for because it means your vision can probably be made better than you remember it being before it went bad.
It basically comes down to how much you care about wearing glasses after surgery. There is no difference in safety between the two. If you don’t mind wearing readers or bifocals after cataract surgery, there is no reason to get refractive cataract surgery. If you want to be able to read a newspaper or see which bottle is shampoo in the shower without glasses, then refractive cataract surgery is a better choice for you.
We developed this vision quiz to be remarkably accurate. The goal is to intelligently guide you toward best procedure for your vision. But no online test can predict your candidacy with 100% accuracy (yet). Coming in for a vision consult is the only way to know for certain which procedure is right for you.