Research indicates that only a small fraction of people realize that not all intraocular lenses are the same.* Many patients are fortunate enough to have a choice when choosing an intraocular lens for cataract surgery, especially lifestyle lenses in Chicago, IL. Typically, lenses for cataract surgery fall into two separate categories: standard and lifestyle. Standard lenses, also known as government approved, only correct vision at one distance. Typically, patients who choose this lens are left with the burden of wearing glasses after surgery, for tasks up-close, or for distance, and sometimes both. Lifestyle lenses, allow patients the freedom to become less dependent on glasses, by providing a much better opportunity to see up close, far away, and everything in between. The Toric, ReSTOR, and Crystalens are types of lifestyle lenses, because they almost always provide a better “lifestyle” following cataract surgery. It is a great time to have a cataract! Our cataract surgeon, John Bello, M.D., performs cataract surgery with the lifestyle lenses in Chicago.
TV personality Florence Henderson, of the Brady Bunch and Dancing with the Stars, underwent cataract surgery, choosing a lifestyle lens. The Advanced Vision Specialists staff was fortunate enough to meet Ms. Henderson and hear firsthand her testimonial after having a lifestyle lens. Before the surgery, Henderson says, “I, like many of you, lead a very active lifestyle. I began putting off going to the doctor because of my schedule until finally, I realized I was going to have to do something about my vision. I couldn't see street signs, my night vision was poor and it even got to the point where my blurry vision was making me uncomfortable, causing eye strain and even some headaches.” *
Fortunately, following surgery, Ms. Henderson had a much better outlook. “The improvement is not only in my reading vision, my distance and intermediate vision are all much sharper, clearer and colors are brighter. I had no idea what I had been missing. I am happy when telling my story helps empower, inspire and motivate people to take care of themselves. It is important for people over 50 to understand what a what a cataract is and what they can do about it."*