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3 Activities That Are Improved After Cataract Surgery

October 29th, 2021

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If you have cataracts, the longer they develop, the more frustrating they can make your life. The longer they are in your lenses, the more they interfere with your eyesight.

Eventually, they can cause complete vision loss. But, because cataracts are such a common condition, cataract surgery is the most common medical procedure in the country.

And one critical decision before cataract surgery could give you the best eyesight of your life after. Keep reading to learn about three activities that are improved after cataract surgery.

What Are IOLs?

When you have cataracts, they grow in your natural lenses until light can no longer pass through them. When this happens, it’s time for cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery removes and replaces the cloudy lens with an intraocular lens or IOL. IOLs perform the same function as your natural lens, focusing light on your retina.

There is a wide range of IOLs you can choose from. The most basic type is a monofocal IOL.

They correct your vision at one distance. Most people opt to correct distance vision with a monofocal IOL.

That means they still need glasses for seeing things up-close. Premium IOLs offer more flexibility and capability. Depending on the IOL you choose, they could end your need for glasses.


Reading will be more enjoyable after cataract surgery, whether you select a monofocal IOL or a premium IOL. All IOLs can provide excellent up-close vision without glasses.

After cataract surgery, you can read without using reading glasses again. There’s no need to hunt down your readers because your eyes can focus on objects near you.


Driving requires crisp distance vision. A monofocal IOL that corrects distance vision will let you drive without glasses.

That’s a dramatic improvement over having cataracts. But driving becomes a lot more exciting if you choose a premium IOL.

Premium IOLs can correct vision at two or more refractive distances. They can give you good up-close sight and crisp distance vision while driving.

That means you can look at your dash or at road signs far ahead of you without needing to use glasses at all!


A premium IOL can make driving more simple. They can give you the ability to transition between refractive distances without glasses.

Premium IOLs can do the same for you when you’re playing golf. With certain premium IOLs, you can see the ball at your feet and watch it land hundreds of yards away after you tee off.

You don’t need to put on or take off your glasses to spot balls or pins down the fairway. And you don’t need glasses for any of your shots, no matter how long or short they are.

Do you want visual freedom while golfing, driving, or reading after cataract surgery? Be sure to select a premium IOL, and you can have it!

Is it time for you to have your cataracts removed? Schedule an appointment at Vision Care of Maine in Bangor, ME, to see your vision options!

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