Cataracts are a clouding of the otherwise clear lens of the eye. This condition is very common and is most commonly associated with aging, though anyone of any age can develop cataracts. For people who suffer with the condition, blurry vision and glare from bright lights can make it difficult to perform normal, everyday tasks like driving, reading, preparing meals and doing housework. Vision obstructions caused by cataracts can lessen quality of life and force reliance on others on a day to day basis.
Cataract surgery can help restore vision and re-establish independence in daily life. Performed by a trained ophthalmologist, cataract surgery involves the removal of the eye’s natural lens – often using lasers for more precise treatment and a faster recovery. The old lens is removed and replaced with a newly fabricated one made of silicone, acrylic or plastic. These lenses can also be created to specific optical powers in order to restore visual acuity.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed with or without sedation, the surgery typically takes under 20 minutes. Cataract surgery is very common, and it is successful without major complications in approximately 98 percent of patients. However, it is important to discuss cataract surgery risks with an ophthalmologist before undergoing the procedure. Cataracts will not harm the eye, so waiting to have the surgery does not pose a threat to future vision.
Artificial Intraocular Lenses
Cataracts, although not harmful to the eye, can obstruct vision and interfere with day-to-day life. They cloud the eye’s natural lens, which is otherwise normally clear. Cataract surgery eliminates visual obstructions by removing the eye’s natural lens. However, this lens must be replaced or else vision is left cloudy, blurry and undefined. Ophthalmologists now replace natural lenses with artificial intraocular lenses, or IOLs. There are approximately 2 million intraocular lens replacements performed every year in the U.S. alone.
What Is A Lens Implant (IOL)?
A lens implant replaces your natural lens. It is made of acrylic or silicone and will last for the rest of your life. Many different types of lens implants are used today, and your surgeon will recommend the best lens implant for your eyes based on your visual demands. There are two categories of lens implants: Basic and Advanced technology.
The Basic (monofocal) lens implants correct for only one range of vision, either distance or near, but not both. If you choose to see well in the distance, reading glasses are necessary to see up close. Standard lens implants provide excellent quality of vision and are a good choice for patients who will not mind wearing glasses after surgery.
Premium lens implants provide a continuous range of vision from near to far. In contrast to standard lens implants which require glasses for distance or near, premium lens implants expand your range of functional vision for distance and near with seldom use of glasses.
One of the most exciting and important developments in refractive cataract surgery is the use of premium bifocal (multifocal and pseudo-accommodating) lens implants. No other technology can provide distance and near vision in the same eye, and after removing the natural lens, implantation of the bifocal lens in both eyes provides remarkable, binocular (using both eyes) vision for both distance and near activities. This technology has been FDA approved since the mid 1990s, enjoyed by millions of happy, satisfied patients. Corrective eye wear may still be necessary for some activities.
Is There Any Additional Cost?
The cost of cataract surgery, anesthesia, and the standard lens implant is covered by your insurance excluding any co-payments or deductibles. The premium advanced technology lens implants are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance plans. An out-of-pocket expense for the premium lens implants will cover the cost of the lens itself. In some cases, there will be an added cost when an additional procedure is required to optimize your vision such as LASIK. Multack Eye Care is proud to offer Care Credit which allows for 0% interest and low payment plans. http://www.carecredit.com
Which Advanced Technology Lens Do I Choose?
Depending on your individual eye health and lifestyle preferences, we can discuss which lens option will suit you best to customize your vision. Below are the advanced technology lenses we proudly offer:
Do you have both cataracts and astigmatism? Astigmatism is a common condition that usually occurs when the natural surface of your eye is misshapen. If you have astigmatism, chances are you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses for much of your life.
Today’s technology means you can treat both cataracts and astigmatism at once during cataract surgery. During surgery, your surgeon replaces the cataract (Natural lens) in your eye with a new lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL).
The AcrySof® Toric lens makes it possible to significantly improve your distance vision while also reducing or eliminating your astigmatism to provide outstanding distance correction independent of glasses and contact lenses. Reading glasses will still be necessary for near/intermediate focus points.
SEE WHAT OUR VERY OWN PATIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT TORIC / ASTIGMATISM CORRECTING IMPLANTS:
Do you want to experience clear vision at near, intermediate and far distances with limited use of glasses?
Then the ReSTOR multifocal lens may be the right lens option for you.
When you opt for cataract surgery with multifocal lenses, such as the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® family of lenses, you’re opting for the opportunity for freedom from both cataracts and presbyopia, a condition that makes it difficult to focus on objects that are close to you as the lenses in your eyes lose flexibility with age.
ReSTOR is a unique IOL innovation which provides quality vision throughout the entire visual spectrum near, intermediate and distance-greatly enhancing your independence from reading glasses or bifocals. This technology is based on small tapering of the diffractive steps from the center to the outside edge of a lens to create a smooth transition of light between the distance, intermediate and near focus points.
Near vision refers to focus points which are typically 16 inches or closer to your eyes. This is also known as “reading vision”.
Intermediate vision refers to focus points located at arm’s length, such as your computer, music, and the dashboard of your car.
Distance vision refers to focus points which are typically 3 feet or further from your eyes, such as billboards, street signs, and movie screens.
ReSTOR has been proven effective at offering quality vision at short and long distances, although some patients require the continued use of glasses or contacts for best vision.
Compared to monofocal intraocular lens replacements, multifocal implants tend to have more nighttime glare, halos and other vision effects, the glare and halos tend to improve with time over the first 6 months. You should be prepared for the possibility of at least some visual distortions with any multifocal lens implant — particularly in the form of glare and halos around light sources at night.
We are extremely excited to announce the FDA approval of the RESTOR MULTIFOCAL/TORIC Implant, this lens allows us to treat your cataract, astimgatism and presbyopia with one lens.
Cataract Surgery Lens Options:
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Just as you have options when it comes to choosing the lens that you receive during cataract surgery, you also have the option of choosing the technology that’s used to perform the procedure. That means you have the choice between surgery performed by hand or with the assistance of laser technology.
Either type of procedure can be effective when performed by a skilled surgeon, but laser-assisted cataract surgery technology can automate certain steps during the procedure with laser precision.
The LenSx® Laser system maps your eye, assisting in a cataract surgery that’s unique to you.
Customized Precision with the LenSx® Laser
If you opt for laser cataract surgery, your surgeon will operate using the
LenSx® Laser. The LenSx® Laser first images your eye to plan a procedure that’s unique to you. A bladeless, computer-controlled laser then helps surgeons perform your surgery with, individualized precision.
Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Multack Eye Care is proud to announce we are offering Alcon’s ORA and Verion technology to our cataract patients, we are proud to be one of only a handful of offices in the country offering this state of the art technology to our patients.
The Verion Image Guided System captures a high resolution digital reference image of a patient’s undilated eye. This “finger print of the eye” allows our surgeons to precisely determine the location of astigmatism correction, the best placement for the Intra Ocular Lens with computer presicion. The Verion’s captured images provide the most accurate centration and position on all the steps of our patients’ cataract surgeries. Our goal is to always seek the best technology available that will further improve our patients’ visual outcomes.
The board certified surgeons at Multack Eye Care, are now offering The ORA™ System, Now Featuring
VerifEye+™ Technology, this ground breaking technology, allows our surgeons to verify your new lens replacement measurements while in the operating room, allowing the doctors to have more precision in picking the appropriate lens power for your eye.
This website is provided for general information purposes only. This information should only be used for basic educational purposes and should not be used for diagnostic purposes. Consult with your doctor about treatment options that may be appropriate for your medical condition. Individual results will vary.
There are risks associated with all surgeries, talk with your doctor about the risks of cataract surgery.
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