Cataract surgery: which type of lens do I want?
July 19, 2010 12:46 PM Subscribe
I'm looking at cataract surgery in the next year or two, and wondering what my options are as far as lenses go.
posted by spaceman_spiff to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
YANMD, but I'm hoping some of you have made this decision and have experiences or impressions to share. The major decision is what kind of lens to get as a replacement - the tried-and-true single-focus lens? A multifocal lens? Or these new adaptive focus lenses that are supposed to respond to my eye muscles and change focus accordingly? I'll be seeing a cataract specialist soon, but my primary opthamologist was kind of vague on what the options and considerations were.
The two factors that stand out in particular, I think, are that I'm young (mid 20s), and my vision is good enough that I'm not already using bifocals, which I'd have to if I got a single-focus lens; and that only one eye's cataract is worth operating on right now, which I understand can make light from some types of lens difficult to integrate with my unaffected eye.
So, Mefites - have you had cataract surgery, and which lens did you pick? What surprised you, or turned out to be different than you expected? What do you wish you'd known going in?