What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are protein clusters that develop in the crystalline lens, blocking the path of light to your retina. When this occurs, your optic nerve cannot transmit a clear signal to your brain, and the condition will cause progressive vision loss. In the early stages, cataracts can also cause glare, halos, and double vision, among other symptoms. The condition is most commonly associated with advanced age, although certain medications, medical conditions, and eye injuries can also cause cataracts.
The Laser Cataract Surgery Procedure
During laser cataract surgery, your doctor will use local anesthesia to numb your eye. The surgeon will use the Alcon LenSx® to create a tiny incision. The doctor will also use the laser to emulsify your compromised lens before gently removing it and replacing it with an intraocular lens. He or she may close the incision with dissolvable sutures, and in most cases, the surgeon will place a protective shield (much like a contact lens) to guard your eye as it heals.
Recovery from cataract surgery is typically quick and easy. Your vision will be a bit blurred for at least the first few hours after the procedure, so you will need to find someone to drive you home from the clinic. Typically, this blurriness will subside within a few days, and you can enjoy clearer vision.
Your IOL Choices
At EyeCare 20/20 Retina & Vision Center, we offer several types of IOLs, and your doctor will help you select the right one for you. Options include:
- Monofocal IOLs were the first type of intraocular lenses, and they only offer vision correction at one distance. Typically, patients choose monofocal lenses for close vision, and they continue to rely on glasses or contacts for distance vision. This option is almost always covered by insurance.
- Multifocal lenses are premium options that provide vision correction at both near and far distances, meaning they function more like the natural lens. Many patients who receive multifocal lenses find that they rely less on glasses or contacts than they did before their surgery, and some patients no longer need corrective lenses at all. At EyeCare 20/20 Retina & Vision Center, we proudly offer top quality Acrysof® IQ ReSTOR® multifocal lenses.
- Toric IOLs are an excellent choice for patients with astigmatism. This condition occurs when patients have irregularly shaped corneas, leading to blurred vision at all distances. Acrysof® Toric IOLs can correct both astigmatism and cataracts in a single treatment.
Advantages of Laser Technology
Laser cataract surgery offers a number of advantages over traditional methods. Your doctor will scan your eye with the advanced femtosecond laser, creating a three-dimensional map. The doctor can calibrate the laser to match the exact dimensions of your eye, ensuring a highly precise procedure. Additionally, the laser minimizes trauma to surrounding cells, meaning you will experience less discomfort and post-surgical irritation. Most importantly, thanks to laser technology, your doctor can more precisely place the IOL for optimal vision enhancement.
Restore Your Clear Vision
Schedule your consultation today to learn more about laser cataract surgery and IOL options.