Ask a Doc: Are there different types of cataract surgery?
Our answer come from Dr. Kevin Hulseberg.
Question: Are there different types of cataract surgery?
Answer: Most eye doctors suggest considering cataract surgery when your cataracts begin to affect your quality of life or interfere with your ability to perform normal daily activities, such as reading or driving at night.
There are three types of cataract surgery. Your doctor can explain the differences and help determine which is better for you:
After the natural lens has been removed, it often is replaced by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, plastic lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. You will not feel or see the new lens.
Some people cannot have an IOL. They may have another eye disease or have problems during surgery. For these patients, a soft contact lens, or glasses that provide high magnification, may be suggested.
Need to find an eye doctor to evaluate your cataracts? Call the HMC Health Promotion Line for a listing of ophthalmologists at (413) 534-2789.
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