Cataract Surgery Options

What are my options?

Treatment options vary based on how significantly vision is affected. New glasses and in some cases eye drops may help. Patients can also elect to do nothing if their daily activities are not affected. However, cataract surgery is a very common procedure and modern cataract surgery allows for quick recovery.

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When your ophthalmologist determines your cataract is fully mature and ready for removal, there are several surgical treatments available. Your L.O. Eye Care cataract specialist will recommend a surgical option based on your personal needs and desires.

Cataract surgeryBasic Implant

This is the standard lens (also known as monofocal lens) that has been used in cataract surgery for decades. It has been proven effective with predictable vision results. It can be used in a variety of eyes and can be used in the presence of other eye diseases. This implant is commonly used to correct either distance or near vision only. It is not designed to correct both distance and near vision, thus reading glasses and/or bifocals are necessary.

Toric Implant

If you have astigmatism and cataracts, your cataract specialist may recommend an advanced lens called AcrySof®Toric Lens. This intraocular lens treats preexisting astigmatism at the same time it corrects cataracts, so additional surgical procedures to correct astigmatism are not required. You will enjoy improved distance vision versus a basic implant. Glasses are still required for reading. To learn more about the AcrySof®Toric Lens, visit

Multifocal Implant

This high-technology lens is designed to allow patients to see clearly for distance and near vision – reducing or completely eliminating the need for glasses after cataract surgery. This implant may not be suitable for every individual. Your L.O. Eye Care Cataract Specialist will perform pre-surgical testing to determine if you are a candidate. To learn more about the ReStor® Multifocal IOL used by L.O. Eye Care cataract specialists, visit

IOL: Multifocal - Introduction


A basic implant can be used to correct one eye for distance and the other for near vision (contact lens wearers over the age of 40 often do this). This works for some people, but may not be suitable for others due to visual confusion and reduced depth perception.


Finally, the opportunity for freedom from reading glasses and bifocals. Until recently, life without reading glasses or bifocals was not an option for most cataract patients. You now have an option. And it's called ReSTOR®. This unique new lens for use during cataract surgery can provide you with quality vision throughout the entire visual spectrum – near through distance – with increased independence from reading glasses or bifocals!

How does ReSTOR® work?

As we perform daily activities such as reading, watching television or working at the computer, our eyes are constantly focusing on objects at varying distances – up close, far away and everything in-between. The ability to quickly change focus throughout this range of vision is called accommodation. Unfortunately, this ability diminishes as we grow older, causing us to become dependent on bifocals or reading glasses.

The new ReSTOR® lens was designed with cutting edge technology to provide quality distance and near vision!

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