Age related cataracts currently affect more than 22 million individuals and that number is expected to grow to 30 million by 2020. Cataract surgery works by removing the eye’s natural lens, which has become cloudy, and replacing it with a new, artificial lens. There are several lens options to choose from. The traditional lens is monofocal, which will provide you clear vision at one distance (near or far). It gives you much improved vision from your cataracts, but will still require you to wear glasses for activities such as reading or using a computer, and still may require glasses for driving or watching television. However, you can opt to go with a premium intraocular lens (PIOL). These lenses designed to allow for a range of focus, and with this option most patients are able to see near, far, and in-between following surgery! The advances in PIOL technology are quite incredible with many brands to choose from including Crystalens®, Tecnis® IOL, and the Acrysof® ReSTOR, and they all have different functions for different needs. There are also IOLs that can correct astigmatism such as the Toric IOL. Your ophthalmologist will be able to explain the benefits of each in detail and help you decide which lens is the best fit for your lifestyle!