Already had cataract surgery but eyesight is not as good as expected ?
At Bettersight we are now seeing growing numbers of patients who have previously undergone cataract treatment at other centres and feel they were not given clear advice about optimising the cataract surgery treatment to its full effect. We have come across cases where patients have undergone, what we at Bettersight believe is a once in a lifetime treatment, but were not given full information about the bespoke options that could have been utilised to provide better natural eyesight after cataract surgery.
Can anything be done to improve eyesight after Cataract surgery ?
The simple answer to this question is very often – YES !
Obviously such patients will require a full assessment of their eye condition. In many cases patient dissatisfaction lies in the prescription for glasses after standard – non custom – cataract surgery. After careful measurement of this prescription and a full eye examination we may be able to consider the following options to improve unaided eyesight after cataract surgery:
- LASER Vision Correction
Assuming that the eye is clinically suited to laser vision correction, this can be a very effective option for vision refinement after cataract surgery. In fact refinement of this sort is typically built into the Custom cataract surgery option for our patients at Bettersight as a matter of routine.
- Lens Implant Exchange
In some circumstances a lens implant exchange may be considered for vision correction purposes. Typically this situation may arise after a large unexpected prescription after cataract surgery. An implant exchange is a technically demanding procedure and requires skilful assessment and execution.
The implant can be exchanged for either a multifocal lens or a monofocal lens of a different power to produce the desired effect. At Bettersight we feel that an implant exchange is generally best considered if the existing lens implant is slipping out of position or if there are other problems with it. In situations where the existing lens implant is well positioned, secure and stable with no side effects – it may be best to consider the piggy back lens option as outlined below.
- Piggy Back Lens Implant
Piggy back lens implants are also now available for vision refinement after previous cataract surgery. Here an additional specially crafted lens implant is inserted in front of the existing lens implant to produce the desired effect. Such piggy back lens implants now come in astigmatism correcting TORIC variety as well as MULTIFOCAL variety. Using a multifocal piggy back lens implant can help to reduce the need for reading glasses even after previous cataract surgery and is becoming increasingly sought.