Whether or not you have ever been diagnosed with cataracts we do know that most people get them eventually and typically patients over the age of 45 & older have a higher likelihood at developing them. If your doctor tells you that you have a cataract and it should be removed, it may be frightening to consider. However, cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful surgeries in the United States today.
A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the normally clear lens within your eye, which results in blurred or distorted vision. A cataract can progress until eventually there is a complete loss of vision in your eye, and neither diet nor laser treatment will make a cataract go away. However, cataract surgery can help restore your vision, long before you experience loss of vision significant enough to interfere with your daily activities.
The actual cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our Pottsville, Wyomissing or Allentown surgery centers. An anesthetic will be used prior to the surgery on your eye and will feel little or no discomfort. A tiny incision will be made in the eye allowing the surgeon to break up and remove the cloudy cataract. Once the cataract is removed, the new lens will be inserted.
After the procedure, you will see the doctor within 24 hours and you will need to take prescription eye drops to guard against infection.
With any surgical procedure there are risks. Our doctors can provide you with more detailed information about the potential risks and benefits of this procedure.
Based on our findings during your upcoming examination we will be sure to inform you of your lens options.
Cataract Surgery Lens Options:
With single-vision lens implants, you will have good distance vision but there is likelihood you will need glasses for most near vision activities after surgery and you will have the additional replacement cost of glasses through the years. Medicare and most private insurance carriers will pay the majority of your cataract surgery and costs.
Advanced Technology: Presbyopic Intraocular Lenses
Acrysof® ReSTOR® Multifocal Lens
The Acrysof® ReSTOR® implant is designed to improve your vision to see near, far and everything in between. The goal of the ReSTOR® lens surgery is to allow you to read the newspaper, prescription bottles, your wristwatch, cell phone and to see many other things near and far without glasses or at your convenience. There is an additional cost for having this advanced technology lens implanted.
The Toric Lens
One of the newest and leading technologies in the field of laser vision correction is the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL, or the Toric Lens. With an innovative design, the Toric lens treats both visual performance and astigmatism. This unique design offers patients the best opportunity for independent distance vision and improved vision quality. Like the ReSTOR®, the Toric lens reduces aberrations, which is the inability to focus light at a single point causing a blurred image, within the eye. A patient who has both a cataract and corneal astigmatism may not regain high-quality distance vision after cataract surgery unless the astigmatism is also corrected. After surgery, reading glasses are still required in patients over the age of 40-45 or when the need for reading glasses occurs.
Because of its shape and flexibility, the Toric can be folded prior to placement, needing only a smaller incision than the diameter of the lens for insertion.
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is one of the latest innovations in laser vision correction. Call today for a consultation with one of our seven Toric specialized ophthalmic surgeons.
The ReStor Lens
The first choice in all around improved vision is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL. For those that desire improved near, intermediate, and distance vision, the ReSTOR® lens will improve any and all performance. This multifocal lens has been designed to treat and replace cataracts and correct presbyopia, the diminishing ability of the eye to focus caused by loss of elasticity of the lens. Like the Toric lens, the ReSTOR® lens reduces aberrations, or the inability to focus light on a single point causing a blurred image. Once the ReSTOR® IOL is in place, it is beneficial to have a very good light source when reading.
When an aberration occurs, there is any area of unfocused light. With the ReSTOR® IOL, light rays are aligned to compensate the aberration and enhance the image quality.
If you are considering the ReSTOR® IOL, most insurances cover the cost of the surgical procedure; however, an out-of-pocket cost is required for this particular specialty IOL.
Call for a consultation today with one of our ophthalmic surgeons about the ReSTOR® Lens.
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