Vision Correction and Cataracts: The Surprising Facts

Posted by: Missouri Eye Institute in Blog on June 11, 2024

Vision correction and cataracts are often discussed separately in eye care, but they’re more intertwined than you may realize. Understanding this connection could be vital in helping you make informed decisions about your eye health, whether you’re considering LASIK or other vision correction procedures. 

In this article, we’ll uncover some surprising facts about how these two topics are linked and why that matters.

1. Cataract surgery can improve vision beyond cataracts.

Cataract surgery doesn’t just remove the cloudy lens obstructing your sight. In many cases, it can significantly improve your vision beyond cataracts themselves, especially if you’ve been using glasses or contact lenses for refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness. Advanced lens technology today offers premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) that can even reduce or eliminate your need for corrective eyewear.

2. LASIK and cataract surgery can work together.

If you’re considering LASIK for vision correction but also have cataracts developing, you might not need to choose one or the other. LASIK can improve your quality of life before cataract surgery becomes necessary. Alternatively, you can choose to have premium lens technology placed at the same time as cataract surgery to fully refine vision, eliminating the need for vision-correcting LASIK procedure.

3. Early diagnosis helps you plan for future vision correction.

Detecting cataracts early doesn’t just help you manage them better—it can help you plan a strategy for optimal vision correction. Your eye care provider can guide you on the right timing for cataract surgery and discuss corrective procedures like advanced technology lenses to enhance your results. At Missouri Eye Institute, your surgery is tailored to your specific vision goals.

4. Refractive cataract surgery combines the best of both worlds.

Refractive cataract surgery not only removes the cataract but also corrects refractive errors in the process. This combination of cataract removal and vision correction ensures you get the best possible sight post-surgery. With advanced technology lenses, you could regain sharper distance vision and even improve your ability to read without glasses.

Understanding the link between vision correction and cataracts is essential for making the best decisions for your eye health. Whether you’re managing early cataract symptoms or exploring vision correction options like LASIK, discussing these factors with an experienced eye care provider at Missouri Eye Institute can help you find the best path forward.

Missouri Eye Institute has helped thousands of patients attain freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Contact us at (800) 383-3831 to schedule your consultation or visit to learn more about our services.


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