Are you planning cataract surgery? Understand your choices.

Updated: Aug 4, 2019

The window through which you see the world every moment for the rest of your life will be affected profoundly by the decisions you make before your cataract surgery. You have choices. There is no single strategy that fits everyone best. With the right information, you can maximize the happiness that you achieve through cataract surgery. You can prevent mistakes that are hard to undo. You can avoid spending money unnecessarily; or you can assure yourself that you are spending your money wisely.

You will experience the consequences of your choices every waking moment for the rest of your life.

There are three main questions you should address before your cataract surgery:

1. Should you manage astigmatism? For some patients, managing astigmatism is essential for an excellent outcome. For others, it is not important. Which patient are you?

2. Should you manage presbyopia? Some patients are extremely happy with presbyopia correction. Others are bothered by side effects. How good of a candidate are you? This can be affected by the anatomy of your eyes, and the specifics of your personality.

3. Should you consider custom designing your vision? Cataract surgery is a unique opportunity for you to design your vision according to who you are.

Christopher Kuntz, MD has 20 years of experience performing cataract surgery and counseling patients regarding their choices. He is the author of the patient education website


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