“I had cataract surgery in another country, and I am unhappy with my vision. I was told by other doctors that the lens is ‘acrylic’ and cannot be removed. Is this true?”

“I had cataract surgery in another country, and I am unhappy with my vision. I was told by other doctors that the lens is ‘acrylic’ and cannot be removed. Is this true?”

Did you know that intraocular lens implants (IOLs) can be replaced?  While the intent of cataract surgery is to remove the natural lens and insert a permanent IOL, circumstances may arise where a different IOL would be desirable.  Examples include: the visual result after surgery not being what was expected; or a better type of IOL becomes available years after the original surgery.  It is not uncommon in my practice, for example, to meet patients who had surgery elsewhere and did not achieve...

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“I had cataract surgery performed somewhere else and I am unhappy with my vision.” “Is there anything that can be done to improve my vision without using glasses or contact lenses?”

“I had cataract surgery performed somewhere else and I am unhappy with my vision.” “Is there anything that can be done to improve my vision without using glasses or contact lenses?”

Although cataract surgery can vastly improve one’s vision, its primary goal is to remove the “fog” and visual side effects caused by a clouded lens.  A potential benefit of the procedure is that the surgeon may also be able to decrease your need for glasses, but despite his/her best efforts it does not always work out that way.  Laser vision correction (LASIK/PRK) is an option that can be used to refocus the eye after cataract surgery if one qualifies for it.  For those who cannot have ...

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