Do I Still Need Glasses After Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts occur when the natural crystalline lens, or focusing lens, behind the pupil begins to become cloudy and dense, stopping light from entering the retina. As part of the natural aging process, you will get cataracts at some point in your life. Since they can limit your vision and lower your quality of life, it’s best to have them removed via surgery.

However, you may wonder if you’ll still need to wear glasses to maintain good vision even after your surgery. Depending on the choices you make regarding your lens, you may not have to.

Improving Your Vision After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear one to restore your sight. The lens you choose will have an impact on whether or not you’ll still need glasses after having your cataracts removed. Some of your lens options include:

Fixed-Focus Monofocal

This is a basic lens that provides a single focus strength to restore distance vision. As such, this lens would still require you to wear glasses for reading and near vision.


At Key-Whitman Eye Center, we’re proud to offer Crystalens® which uses the natural focusing muscles to accommodate the full range of vision. As the most advanced accommodative ocular lens, the Crystalens® focuses 100 percent of the light rays at each distance, so you can clearly see near, far, and everything in between — meaning there is rarely a need for glasses after surgery.


We offer many multifocal lenses to restore your vision, such as:

Tecnis Symfony

This lens helps restore near and far vision, reduce glare and halo effects, and extend your depth focus, allowing you to see better during the day and night with less of a dependency on glasses.

Tecnis Multifocal

This lens will help you see better than you have in decades, even in low light and far distances. The advanced implantable lens corrects the need for reading glasses and restores vision after cataract removal surgery.

Iq Restor®

By combining the strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies, this lens allows for better quality near, intermediate, and distance vision as well as greater independence from reading glasses or bifocals.

Astigmatism Correction

If you suffer from cataracts and astigmatism, Toric intraocular lenses can resolve both issues simultaneously to provide you with the broadest possible range of vision for astigmatism patients. This lens often allows for complete independence from glasses.

Cataract Surgery in Dallas

At Key-Whitman Eye Center, our team of knowledgeable, caring eye doctors is here to answer your questions and help you get the information you need to move forward with confidence.

Contact us today to schedule an exam!