You can choose from a range of advanced lenses, which will correct your eyesight at the same time as removing your cataract. Your Consultant will help you decide which lens replacement surgery would best suit your lifestyle.
The standard artificial lens is monofocal. This provides one focal point, so you can choose to have either clear distance vision or the near vision needed for reading, using a mobile phone, looking at a watch or choosing from a menu. If you opt for this lens, you'll need reading glasses or distance glasses after your cataract surgery.
We'll also check your eyes for astigmatism; if these are present (and significant) you may need to continue to wear glasses at all times after cataract surgery, unless you opt for the Toric lens option.
If you’d like to be assessed for multifocal lenses as part of your cataract treatment, you’ll need to attend a special lens clinic with an Optometrist and a Consultant, who’ll perform a few tests to determine your suitability.
These lenses provide clear vision plus a full range of vision - distance, intermediate and near. You’re less likely to need glasses after this cataract treatment, if at all. There are some compromises with these lenses, which will be discussed at your consultation.
Toric lens for astigmatism
Toric lenses correct astigmatism and are available as a monofocal or multifocal lens. Our expert Ophthalmic Consultants now use Callisto Eye®, our new ultra-modern microscope to achieve perfect alignment of your toric lenses.
This technology allows for faster treatment due to less manual functions and reduces the risk of refractive errors and residual astigmatism.
Find out more about your lens replacement options from our cataract surgery brochure (PDF).