Cataract Surgery - pros and cons of options
My oophthalmologist is suggesting that I have cataract surgery to improve my vision.
I currently have glaucoma in one eye which is controlled with drops, but a portion of the optic nerve was damaged so my vision towards the centre is compromised.
In the other eye I have Macular Degeneration caused by severe nearsightedness.
Seems I need to get stronger glasses every year or so.
I received a questionaire from my eye surgeon with 5 options to chose from.
The options really don't make much sense to me since they are purely dollar related.
My consultation with the doctor is Monday next week and I wanted to be a bit prepared, so I'm looking for a bit more "terchnical" input on them
The options are:
1. Wear glasses all the time; OHIP pays for everything
2. Wear glasses all the time with improved quality of vision - approx. $500.-
3 Wear glasses for near vision (within arms reach) - approx. $2400
4. Mainly no glasses - $4700.-
5. Glasses mainly for distance vision; usually removed for near vision - $500 to $2400.-
I thought the options were basically:
a. Fixed focus spherical IOLs where OHIP covers the cost. Choice of lens power for distance or near vision; wear glasses for whatever the implant does not correct
b. Fixed focus aspherical IOLs where I pay a premium (option 2 above?). Choice of lens power for distance or near vision; wear glasses for whatever the implant does not correct
c. Toric IOLs to correct for astigmatism at extra cost. I do have mild astigmatism but from what I read not worth trying to address with implants
d. Accomodating IOLs - asperic design with some capability to adjust the power of the lens.
e. Multifocal IOLs - asperic design with some capability to adjust the power of the lens.
My current prescription is around -10 diopters, so I doubt options d or e above will allow adjustment to eliminate glasses, although....
the doctor suggested that I have a very stron prescription partially because of the cataracts