Is lens replacement the same as cataract surgery? Have you been considering cataract surgery? Do you wear reading glasses and want to say goodbye to them forever? While these two procedures might sound the same, there are differences between lens replacement surgery and cataract surgery. In this blog post, we\u2019ll discuss the similarities and differences between these types of eye surgeries so that you can make an informed decision about which procedure is right for you. What is cataract surgery? Cataracts occur when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy or opaque. This cloudiness prevents light from entering the eye, resulting in blurred vision. Cataract surgery removes the natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL can be customised for each patient\u2019s vision based on their prescription and can also correct other refractive errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. What is lens replacement surgery? Lens replacement surgery is similar to cataract surgery in that it also involves replacing the natural lens of the eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). However, unlike cataracts which result in cloudy vision, lens replacement surgery is used to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness. It can be done as a standalone procedure or alongside other types of vision correction procedures such as LASIK or PRK. This type of surgery is most commonly performed on people between 40-55 years old who wear reading glasses or bifocals due to presbyopia (age-related nearsightedness). The difference between lens replacement & cataract surgery The main difference between lens replacement surgery and cataract surgery is why they are performed. Cataract surgery is done to treat a medical condition \u2013 cataracts \u2013 and improve vision while lens replacement surgery is done to improve vision without having to wear glasses or contacts and prevent cataracts in the future. Whether you choose cataract surgery or lens replacement for your refractive errors depends on your individual needs and lifestyle goals. It\u2019s important to speak with an experienced eye doctor about all of your options before making any decisions about treatment plans so that you can find out which option is best for you. Book a free video appointment today. By understanding more about each procedure, you can make an informed decision about your future visual health with confidence!