Imagine Life Without Glasses After Cataract Surgery


As we Canadians get older, many of us will need surgery to remove cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which occurs with age.1 During cataract surgery, your eye surgeon replaces your natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL.) It’s important to know your lens options before cataract surgery because your choice of lens can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Next generation trifocal lenses are designed to provide good vision at near, intermediate, and far distances without the need to wear glasses after cataract surgery.However, not all lenses can provide this benefit.

We caught up with Alan, a 70 year-old retiree who plays pick-up hockey and is active in hydroplane boat racing, about his recent experience with cataract surgery.

“Prior to surgery I had a lot of clouding in my eyes…I was referred to the ophthalmologist and he gave me the option of different lenses; from the basic, you could upgrade the lens… at an additional cost, but I thought that’s fine… It’s something that’s going to benefit me for many, many years to come so I went for it. I have not had to wear glasses since, and I’ve been very, very happy with the results of that procedure… The clarity that I all of a sudden got was phenomenal…It’s been a huge advantage to my life really. I’m a believer…It’s incredible to me.  It’s wonderful.”

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, speak with your ophthalmologist about your lens options before you have surgery. Then you can start to imagine a life without glasses…just like Alan!

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  1. Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Cataract myths and facts.
  2. AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL Directions for Use.




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