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3 Ways Cataract Surgery Gives You Back Your Independence

Cataracts can be very limiting. They can hold you back from enjoying life, or even completing your daily routine.

Most cataracts develop slowly over the course of several years or decades. They can also come on suddenly.

Either way, the result is always the same: patients with severely limited vision. When you reach this point with your cataracts, it is time to undergo cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is the only way to remove the cataract from your eye and get your independence back.

Keep reading to learn more about cataract surgery and how it gives you back your independence!

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a simple outpatient procedure that you stay awake for. Instead, you’ll receive numbing eye drops so you won’t feel pain.

If you’re nervous, your surgeon can give you a sedative like Valium to put you at ease. Then you will lay awake as your surgeon removes your natural lens.

The cataract removal process is simple and non-invasive. Your surgeon will make an incision in the lens of your eye. Removing the lens allows them to break up and remove the cataract.

The entire natural lens of your eye will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This is an intraocular lens, also known as an IOL.


There are two main types of IOLs – standard and premium. Both will restore the vision that you lost from the cataract.

The main differences between them is that a standard IOL will not correct any pre-existing vision problems. You will still need to use prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

But a premium IOL will not only restore your vision, it will also correct any pre-existing vision problems you may have. As IOLs are artificial, they do not age.

This means that the vision correction is permanent. You will no longer need contacts or glasses. There are three main kinds of premium IOLs – multifocal, accommodating, and toric. There are other kinds of premium IOLs but these are often the most common ones.

1. Remove Your Cataracts – Get Your Life Back

Cataracts can severely limit your ability to get around. They can severely limit your independence and ability to do things on your own.

They can make it unsafe for you to drive, or even just walk around at night. They can make it hard to read up close, and to distinguish the faces of your friends and family.

When you remove your cataracts, you get your life back. It doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

2. Enjoy Live Events With Clear Vision

Clear vision may be something you took for granted before. But after cataract surgery, it will take on new meaning!

Take in a concert of your favorite musical artist or see a live theater performance. Cataract surgery lets you get back to experiencing the live events that you missed due to cataracts.

3. See Perfectly Clear For The Rest of Your Life

When you opt for a premium IOL, you are making an investment in your eyes that will pay dividends for the rest of your life. You’ll be able to see clearly up close and at a distance.

Removing your cataracts AND ditching contact lenses and glasses? Now that’s a win-win.

Ready to say goodbye to cataracts? The first step is a cataract screening.

Schedule yours today with South Texas Eye Institute in San Antonio, TX! Isn’t it time to see clearly again?