Lens options during cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a common procedure that involves removing the cloudy lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. There are several implant options available for cataract surgery. In this patient education page, we will discuss the different types of implant choices for cataract surgery.

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What lens options do I have with cataract surgery?

  1. Monofocal lenses: Monofocal lenses are the most commonly used type of implant for cataract surgery. They are designed to provide clear vision at a single distance. If you choose a monofocal lens, you may need glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision for other distances.
  2. Multifocal lenses: Multifocal lenses are designed to provide clear vision at multiple distances, allowing you to see clearly both up close and far away. However, not everyone is a good candidate for multifocal lenses and they may not provide perfect vision at all distances.
  3. Toric lenses: Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism, which is a common condition that can cause blurry vision. They are also available in monofocal, multifocal and accommodating lens types.
  4. Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) lenses: EDOF lenses are a new type of lens that combines the benefits of multifocal and accommodating lenses, providing clear vision at multiple distances without the halo or glare side effects that some people may experience with multifocal lenses.

Which implant choice is right for me?

The type of implant choice that is right for you will depend on several factors, such as your age, lifestyle, eye health, and budget. It is important to discuss the different implant choices with your eye surgeon and decide together which option is best for you. Be sure to ask your surgeon about the benefits and potential side effects of each type of implant.


There are several implant choices available for cataract surgery, each with its own benefits and potential side effects. Discussing these options with your eye surgeon and making an informed decision can help ensure that you receive the best possible outcome from your cataract surgery. Remember to follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions carefully to help you recover fully and quickly after your surgery.