As cataract surgery has become more sophisticated it has become important for patients to know their surgical options. First and foremost is to know when the procedure is indicated. It is surprising how many patients think the proper time for surgery is when the cataract has become ripe. The big problem here is knowing when that happens. You could rely on your eye doctor, but the reality is that you, the patient know best when you need surgery. Everybody's needs and tolerance for poor vision varies. For instance if you need to drive at night and you are no longer comfortable with activity it may be time to consider surgery. Once the decision to have surgery has been made the next big decision is to decide what type of lens will best suit your needs.