Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lens Implant for One Cataract

Question: Can I have an IOL lens implant in one eye, since I have a cataract just in one eye?

Answer: While it is possible to have a Cataract removed and a Lens Implant in one eye with good results, in some cases it may not be the simplest optical alternative. If you wear eyeglasses to see at distance and thus require optical correction for both eyes, it will be necessary for the Cataract Surgeon to calculate a Lens Implant power that creates a refractive error that leaves you with the same approximate prescription requirement as the non operated eye so that you can continue to comfortably wear eyeglasses for distance. Too much of a difference between the eyes makes wearing eyeglasses after Cataract Surgery difficult and could require a contact lens for the unoperated eye. That said, it is perfectly fine to have an IOL in one eye as long as you discuss the optical correction needs with your Cataract Surgeon.

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