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Question:
If someone doesn’t need glasses to read after cataract surgery, yet has a hard time seeing distance well enough to play golf, can this individual wear contact lenses while playing golf?

Answer:
Conventional IOLs are monofocal — meaning they tend to be optimal for one distance but not others. If an individual’s focus is set relatively close, that means that their natural vision may be good for reading, but not for distance. One could definitely wear distance contact lenses to see in the distance without glasses. Many patients like the flexibility of wearing a contact lens to move their natural focus for distance, but not having this always be the case (by leaving out the contact lens).

Answered by: David F. Chang, MD Dr. David F. Chang

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Oct 22, 2013

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