Recommendations for IOL with least visual disturbances

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Finding lens selection to be the hardest decision to make. I know there are none offering 100% guarantees. Thought I had settled on Symfony lenses however not feeling at peace with that decision. Wondering if I should go with an aspheric IOL (monofocal) to get best distance vision I can and wear glasses for near/intermediate. I don't know if II could be a candidate for monovision. Never tried contacts and now at 53 with cataracts both eyes hard to test that out.

I read the aspheric have best outcome for no halos and glare. Other than one fixed focus anyone know of any other downsides?

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    Does not really answer your question, but you are lucky un the sense that because of your research pre surgery, you do have a choice unlike those of us who blindly trusted our doctors. So decide wisely. I personally would gladly go back to wearing bifocal glasses rather than endure what am going through now.
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      That's for sure...and for all of you trying to make a decision about what lens to implant..FIRST research your doctor.  There are some really good eye centers in the US. When you think traveling to a good one seems like a lot of time and stress just imagine what it is like to have your vision changed so much that you cannot identify a friend accross the roomsad.

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      Sadly not sure I am in much better position. I need to have cataract surgery soon as my vision is not great (seems to affect my distance vs near for some odd reason) but that makes driving difficult. I also live in a smaller town and not a lot of options re doctors. Good thing with Canada is focs do not profit by charging different fees for same lenses. All lenses are paid through hospital. Because our health system buys in bulk premium lens price set and are discounted $300 for monofocal which would be covered by our health system.

      The teuly sad part is no one even if informed gets a guarantee they won't be part of the surgery unhappy statistic and from reading these forums - even monofocal recipients can be unhappy with their results.

      I feel like I am I. A casino and its roll the dice time. My eyes are healthy as far as doc can tell. No astigmatism present (who knows after surgery) so just trying to place my bets best I can.

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      Susie - USA different from Canada. I am covered by province so if I lived in big city like Toronto I would have access to better focs (maybe) but in order for healthcare to cover surgery it must be done in my province. I could get enough funds to pay for premium lenses but to pay for entire procedure not possible
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      Meant access to better doctors in larger city. I was able to speak to one patient of my doc and she is pleased with her results ifbthat is anything
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      My husband and I have been going to the same opthalmologist for the past 14 years - since we moved to the place we are living in now!!!

      I consulted another optho who thinks I have macular degeneration in my left eye. Said she could not do anything about my present situ but recommends I see a cornea specialist!

      Well one eye at a time so retina specialist first and have a pretty strong feeling she's wrong about that but going to see the specialist anyway.

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      That is so unfortunate that a specialist you have been seeing for that many years couldn't do better for you. Where I live cannot be followed by opthamologist unless referred for specific reason by optometrist. So I have no history with any opthamologist. Hoping the cornea specialist can provide more answers and solutions.

      Did you have a multifocal lens placed in your eye or monofocal? Would think the opthamologist would have picked up before cataract surgery if you had MD

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      Yes true - what made me upset was the fact that he just ignored what I was saying - just totally went over his head as such.  I do agree though if I had MD surely he would have picked up on it.

      (Our medical insurance has good eye coverage and allows us to go to an optometrist or ophthamologist for our annual eye checks, and I've actually gone quite a few times to the optometrist who was "attached" to the opticians)

      So the new ophathalmologist is the one who wanted me to see the retina eye specialist whom I'm seeing on Thursday.  After that I will decide whether to get a third opinion.  But I think that seeing a cornea specialist might be the best way for me to go to attend to the SB's and halos.  Till then am stuck indoors after darksad

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      Really feel for your situation - will keep praying something can be done. Keep us posted on what specialist says.
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