A health question from a reader, “George, I am scheduled for cataract surgery in June and I would appreciate any advice / experience your readers have regarding the surgery, types of lens etc. Especially as it relates to tennis. Thanks in advance. Arnie Vance”
What Are Cataracts?
According to Gulf Coast Eyecare, “A cataract is a very common eye condition that affects over 24 million Americans. Cataracts occur when the eye’s natural lens hardens and becomes cloudy. This can reduce the ability of the lens to properly pass light to the retina and result in a range of visual symptoms. Cataracts frequently develop with age, but less commonly may affect younger people as a result of a congenital defect or an injury.
“In the early stages of a cataract, symptoms are mild and you may be able to find improvement with glasses or brighter lighting. However, as symptoms inevitably progress surgery is the only option for the treatment of cataracts. Cataract removal is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States and is widely regarded to be safe and effective.”
What Lens to Use?
According to Your.MD, “Success of replacement lens treatment for cataracts usually involves surgery to replace the clouded natural lens with an artificial monofocal lens, which has just one strength of focus. A monofocal lens will usually restore good distance vision, but you may still need reading glasses for close work.
“Sometimes, the natural lens is replaced with either a multifocal lens or an accommodating lens, which allows you to focus on both near and distant objects.
“Some patients who have a multifocal lens fitted may not need to wear glasses at all after surgery. A review of studies by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) showed that 68% of patients who had multifocal lenses implanted needed glasses after their operation, compared with 95% of patients given monofocal lenses.”
My brother, a retired optometrist and cataract surgery patient says, “I don’t think your near vision is as important as distance. Therefore, I don’t recommend the “smart lens” for tennis.”
Anyone have experience/expertise on this subject?
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