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A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in your eye. A clouded lens can be compared to a window that is frosted or "fogged" with steam. Roughly 90% of cataracts are simply due to the normal aging process; and cataracts can not be reversed or made to “go away” with medication or eye drops.
Lens on the left demonstrates clouding from a cataract. Lens on the right demonstrates a clear lens with no cataract.
Cataracts have been seen in patients at all ages; however age related cataracts are generally seen in patients 50 and older. If you are 50 years or older, it is recommended you see an eye doctor every year. A yearly comprehensive, dilated eye exam allows your eye doctor to best monitor your eye health.
There is no set point when a cataract is ready to be removed with surgery. It is generally recommended cataracts be removed when they begin to interfere your normal daily life and begin causing problems with your vision.
|• Painless cloudy or blurring vision
• Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact
• Sensitivity to light or glare
• Double vision in one eye
|• Trouble seeing at night
• Need a brighter light to read or other activities
• Fading or yellowing of colors
• Distortion or ghost images in your vision
A dilated eye exam allows your eye surgeon to look at the natural lens in your eye and determine if you have cataracts or the early signs of cataracts.
Surgery to remove the cataract and replace it with a clear artificial lens implant (called an IOL, or Intraocular Lens) is the most common treatment to correct the vision loss and problems associated with cataracts.
- Traditional cataract surgery:
With traditional cataract surgery, the eye surgeon makes an incision on the eye by hand with a stainless steel blade and uses a bent or shaped needle to create an opening (capsulorhexis) in the lens capsule.
- Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery:
With laser refractive cataract surgery, the eye surgeon utilizes a computerized laser to make precise, exact incisions on the eye. These laser-made incisions are more accurate, increase predictability of visual outcomes and reduce the variables that have complicated cataract surgery results in the past. Laser-made incisions produce less inflammation during surgery, making the procedure less traumatic to the eye.
When you choose laser cataract surgery, you can move forward with confidence knowing that you've chosen the most advanced technology available for this life-changing procedure.
YES – you have options when selecting the lens that will be implanted at The Eye Center of Central PA.
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that can be used to replace a patient’s natural ones.
Patient should expect to wear prescription glasses for ALL visual needs after cataract surgery; you must wear eyeglasses or contact lenses in order to read, use the computer, and/or to see at a distance.
Monovision lenses correct dominant eye for distance vision and non dominant eye for near vision. Blended lenses correct dominant eye for distance vision and non dominant eye for intermediate vision. Prescription glasses may be required for certain activities.
Designed to correct distance, intermediate and near vision. Patients will receive a multifocal IOL or an accommodating IOL.
Accommodating IOLs are capable of responding to the muscle movements made by the eye as it shifts between different focal lengths. As a result, accommodating IOLs – such as the FDA-approved Crystalens® IOL – allow patients to see more clearly at near, medium and far distances.
Accommodating IOLs can be used to treat presbyopia – the reduced ability to switch between focal points as the muscle responsible for the switch ages – and in many patients can reduce or even eliminate the need for bifocals.
Tecnis® multifocal IOLs, are designed with five different optic zones, each with specialized functions for different lighting and focal distances. These zones allow the lens to provide clear vision in most situations of daily life, from driving at night to reading fine print.
Recently, a new type of aspheric multifocal refractive IOL became available, which is designed to increase contrast sensitivity and improve night vision.
ReSTOR® multifocal IOLs use apodization and refractive and diffractive technology to interpret the amount of light entering the eye and focus it on the appropriate part of the retina. ReSTOR® IOLs allow patients to see clearly at any distance – four out of five patients who receive ReSTOR® lenses do not need glasses or bifocals.
Astigmatism correction may be achieved with the Toric IOL, manually during surgery or with laser technology.
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