Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cataract Vision Correction after IOL Removal

Question: What is the best method of vision correction when an IOL must be removed some years after cataract surgery?

Answer: If a Lens Implant must be removed-and it is specifically in one eye only-it is entirely possible that the IOL can be exchanged and replaced with another IOL of a different type if the eye is otherwise healthy and the internal structures are intact. This would by far be the best choice if it is an option. If this is not an option due to anatomical or other considerations then the next best choice would be to use a contact lens for the vision correction in one eye. Eyeglasses after Cataract Surgery are only a choice if both eyes are to be corrected and even then these are likely to provide many limitations in terms of vision quality and field of vision. In any event, the removal of a Cataract is almost always best managed optically by a Lens Implant and it would be important to fully discuss the options with your Cataract Surgeon.

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