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Reading glasses and cataracts a helpful Guide.

The meaning

The meaning of CATARACT is a clouding of the lens of the eye or of its surrounding transparent membrane that obstructs the passage of light.

What is a cataract? What are the symptoms?

A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Symptoms include blurred, cloudy, or double vision, sensitivity to light; and difficulty seeing at night. Without treatment, cataracts can cause blindness.

Do I need an operation.

If you have cataracts, it's your decision whether to go ahead with cataract surgery. Cataracts usually get slowly worse over time. Surgery to replace the cloudy lens is the only way to improve your eyesight. Surgery is usually offered on the NHS if your cataracts are affecting your eyesight and quality of life.

What is the NHS waiting time for cataract surgery?

The data from 2021 strongly indicates an increase in waiting times for NHS cataract surgery patients. The average NHS hospitals waiting time last year was around nine months, with some waiting for much longer than that.

After Surgery what will happen.

“Depending on what was planned, most (but not all) eyes will regain better distance vision during the first week. At this point, inexpensive reading glasses can be used to help you read. These temporary OTC readers may not be perfect, but they are harmless to wear and often provide good reading vision. They are sold online and at optical shops, and at most department stores. They are made and labelled in 10 different powers that increase in 0.25 increments from +1.00 up to +3.50. The higher the power, the closer the focus will be set. If two different powers both seem to work, then select the lower of the two. For certain tasks that are further away than your normal reading distance (e.g., desktop computer), a lower power should work better. Like with sizing a hat, trial and error should help you to find a power that works adequately for your preferred reading distance. It is best to wait a few days after surgery to get temporary reading glasses to allow for some initial recovery of vision.”

Reading glasses can help after cataract surgery. 


If you are looking for quality reading glasses that are fashionable and smart, please look at our collection of reading glasses that will help you with reading and close work following your cataract surgery.

We wish you a good recovery.

Ciao for now!

Martin and Judith

This is just a guide. You should always consult your optician if you are worried at all about your eyesight.