Can you imagine regaining youthful vision? With cataract surgery, it’s now possible. In fact, this surgery dramatically improves eyesight in 95% of patients, regardless of age. Cataract removal is one of the safest, most effective and most commonly-performed procedures available today.
What are the steps of the cataract surgery?
Before the procedure, eye drops are administered to dilate pupils. This step may trigger light sensitivity and blurred vision. Following this, additional eye drops will be used to anesthetize the patient's eyes.
The surgery itself consists of four easy steps:
Step 1 – The surgeon creates a tiny incision in the eye, where the lens will be inserted.
Step 2 – The surgeon uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to remove the natural crystalline lens of the eye. Through this specialized and precise instrument, called a phacoemulsifier, the natural lens is then removed.
Step 3 – The natural lens is replaced with a new foldable artificial lens.
Step 4 – The new lens unfolds and takes the place of the aged natural lens, for an easy and smooth transition. The procedure is completed, with no stitches required, allowing for a speedy self-healing process. The procedure generally takes less than 15 minutes per eye.
Please note that those who have had surgery will not be allowed to drive home following their procedure and must arrange for transportation ahead of time.
RESULTS FOLLOWING CATARACT SURGERY
The once-cloudy lens that caused faded or blurry vision is now replaced with a clear lens restoring the patient's vision. Cataract procedures also offer a quick recovery period: within hours of the surgery, the incision has usually begun to heal. Most patients are able to resume day-to-day activities just 24 hours after the surgery.
LASIK MD is currently using the following lenses for IOL surgeries:
AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®
Alcon’s AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens (IOL) can substantially restore a patient’s ability to see both near and distant objects without the aid of reading glasses or bifocals. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL's innovative lens optics allows for a greater range of accommodation, thereby eliminating or significantly reducing dependence on reading glasses following cataract surgery, without compromising on distance vision. This lens is used for cataract and RLE patients.
AMO’s TECNIS Symfony
The TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL delivers high-quality vision by bringing together two types of technologies: The first is the proprietary diffractive echelette feature, which extends the range of vision. This provides patients with improved eyesight at near, intermediate and further distances, with reduced appearance of halos and glare. The second technology is the proprietary achromatic feature, which corrects chromatic aberration for enhanced contrast sensitivity. This feature introduces a pattern of light diffraction that elongates the focus of the eye, resulting in an extended range of vision.
FineVision™ by PhysIOL
FineVision™ is a trifocal intraocular lens that features a series of rings which diffract light to provide far, intermediate and near vision, lending to the name FineVision™. This intraocular lens features a patented innovative trifocal structure designed to significantly improve performance for both near and intermediate vision.
Nine out of 10 patients who have had this lens implanted no longer need to wear glasses at all, including for everyday tasks such as driving, reading the car speedometer or even using their smartphone. FineVision™ has been used in 43 countries around the world in over 75,000 patients since 2010.
Oculentis® LENTIS Mplus
With the Oculentis® LENTIS Mplus lens, patients will benefit from improved vision for everyday activities like reading, working on the computer or using a mobile device, as well as for active leisure time activities like biking or other fitness and sports training. It will also benefit patient’s vision with high contrast sensitivity, making driving during both the day and night possible.
If you are interested to learn more about or to find out if you are a candidate for cataract surgery, book a free, no-obligation consultation today.