What are your vision correction options?

What is a cataract?

At Eye Surgery Associates our aim is to optimise your vision by using special refractive cataract surgery techniques and premium intraocular lenses. The vision correction options include:

  • Monofocal vision: This is the most common vision correction procedure and has been around for the longest time. It is associated with the least risk of unwanted side effects. Here intraocular lenses are used to provide the clearest vision either for distance or reading but not both. Most commonly patients choose to have their vision corrected for distance and then use glasses for reading.
  • Blended vision: Here one eye is corrected for distance vision (your dominant eye) and the other eye for near vision using monofocal intraocular lenses of different strengths. Both eyes are still used at the same time with your brain having the ability to blend the two images together. The main advantage of blended vision is that you will not need to wear glasses for most activities. You still may need to wears glasses occasionally such as when driving at night or reading fine print. You can use contact lens to trial blended vision to see if it right for you.
  • Multifocal intraocular lenses: These are intraocular lenses that are designed to enable you to see well for distance and near vision without glasses. About 4 out of 5 patients find they don’t need to wear glasses afterwards and those that do usually require them only for finer tasks. Not everyone is suitable for this procedure and your surgeon will be able to advise you about this. A small proportion of patients may notice glare and haloes around lights with these intraocular lenses, however, these symptoms usually settle over time. There is also an additional cost associated with multifocal intraocular lenses.
  • Corneal astigmatism: The front surface of the eye is normally round like a soccer ball but for some people it is shaped more like a rugby ball (called astigmatism). During cataract surgery this can be corrected to some degree by inserting a special lens called a Toric intraocular lens. Minor degrees of astigmatism do not need a special lens and will be corrected using corneal incision(s) at the time of cataract surgery. Although we use the latest technology to determine the most accurate intraocular lens strength to use sometimes small inaccuracies still arise. Glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery are options in this situation if needed.

If you think yourself or a loved one may need treatment for Cataracts, please contact Eye Surgery Associates for an assessment.