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Tips to choose the best lens for cataract surgery

August 1, 2022

It’s a big investment, and you’ll want to make it only once. Here are the options and common considerations.

close-up photo of hands holding a vial and using a small tool to remove an artificial lens from it

Every year, millions of people have routine surgery to replace a cataract — that is, a lens in the eye that has become clouded. Cataracts cause foggy or blurred vision that makes it hard to do everything from reading to driving. Replacing the lens restores clear vision. It can also correct other vision problems and reduce your dependence on glasses. "Think of it as customizing the lens to the focusing powers that will suit you best," says Dr. Nandini Venkateswaran, a surgeon who specializes in cataract surgery and corneal disease at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

Swapping lenses

Cataract surgery takes place in an outpatient surgery center. You’re given medicine to relax you and keep your eye numb.

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