What are my options for cataract surgery?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 14, 2017
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What's the difference in the basic lens transplant in cataract surgery and the new lens that has been developed?

Expert Answers

Lylas Mogk, M.D. is an ophthalmologist and director of the Henry Ford Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center in Grosse Pointe and Livonia, Michigan, and the author of Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight.

The new cataract lens implants are multi-focal, which means they are in focus at different distances. The basic lens implant is in focus only at one distance, either near or far. The new implants are designed to function more like a natural lens, with the hope that after cataract surgery no glasses will be necessary.