Monday, August 15, 2011

Cataract Surgery with Toric Lens Implant for Monovision

Question: I have a question about Cataract Surgery with a Toric lens Implant for Monovision. I had Cataract Surgery on right eye 2 weeks ago and now have 20/20 distance vision. However, I need "readers" for close vision. I have astigmatism in both eyes and had to have a Toric Lens Implant. The difference is amazing-crisp distance without blurred vision! Now I have to make another decision. I my Cataract Surgeon today and he said he could correct the left eye so I could read without glasses-I spend a lot of time on computer. I am scheduled for 2nd surgery the end of August. Would you say most people that choose this option are happy with their decision?

Answer: Based on your particular lifestyle need of spending a lot of time on the computer your cataract Surgeon offering you the option of Monovision Cataract Surgery-in this case with a Toric Lens Implant (IOL) to correct your astigmatism. For many patients Monovision correction is an excellent way to help them see things at intermediate distances such as the computer as well as read without being totally dependent on "readers". If your cataract Surgeon has carefully evaluated you for Monovision, the general patient satisfaction level for this type of correction typically is in the 80% range which is quite good. It does require some extra testing and discussion but is becoming more and more popular among top Cataract Surgeons.

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