Near-sighted – Does cataract surgery correct near-sightedness?

Cataract surgery replaces your eye’s natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL), which is surgically inserted following the removal of your cataract.

Patients who are particularly myopic can often get the best results from cataract surgery(1) , as their near-sightedness can be completely cured with the type of IOL chosen to replace their myopic, and cataracted, lens.

It’s, however, worth noting that patients with high myopia can sometimes be more prone to complications – such as retinal detachment – following cataract surgery, as a result of existing breaks, holes or weakness in their retina. Highly myopic patients may also have myopic macular degeneration. Issues such as these can lead to patients having a comparatively high risk of developing post-operative complications.

The correct choice of IOL (which is usually a toric IOL for myopic patients) and a carefully carried out pre-operative assessment, though, will usually result in a patient’s near-sightedness being completely corrected by cataract surgery.

Despite the challenges that can sometimes be posed by the eyes of myopic patients, because near-sightedness can be completely resolved with cataract surgery, it’s often the case that myopic, or near-sighted, patients are happiest with the outcome of their cataract surgery*, as their vision, and often lifelong near-sightedness, are completely corrected allowing for significantly improved vision and quality of life afterwards.



  1. Healio: Ophthalmology: Cataract surgery in myopic eyes requires extra attention

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