Cataract Surgery Options
If you are considering Cataract Surgery, you are fortunate to undergo a surgery in an era where there have been many technological advances. In the last few years, advanced technology has made cataract surgery much faster, more comfortable, and with a quicker recovery.
The most dramatic breakthrough has been the transformation of cataract surgery into a refractive procedure. It is now possible to perform cataract surgery in such a way that it eliminates one’s dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. This Laser Assisted Custom Cataract Surgery involves sophisticated pre-operative measurements and an advanced version of standard cataract surgery utilizing the LenSx Femtosecond Laser and a new generation of upgraded Lifestyle Lenses. These advanced implants allow correction of astigmatism and even the ability to regain vision for distance and reading. Some options are no fully covered by medical insurance and will require some out-of-pocket expense.
Standard cataract Surgery
Modern cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy natural lens from the eye utilizing ultrasound, a technique called phacoemulsification. Once the cataract has been removed, a standard Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) is necessary to restore basic focus to the eye. Standard IOLs are called monofocal, because they can only focus at one distance.
Therefore, after standard cataract surgery, patients typically still wear reading glasses and may need glasses for distance if astigiatism is present.
Custom Cataract Surgery: Lifestyle Lenses
Custom cataract Surgery is designed not only to replace the cloudy lens and restore good vision with the help of the LenSx Femtosecond Laser, but also to eliminate any significant refractive error and reduce one’s dependence on glasses. This has been made possible by the arrival of a new generation of high-technology multi-focal or accommodating IOLs. These implants are capable of focusing at more than one distance. Your Zeiter Eye Medical Group Doctor will recommend the most appropriate advanced IOL for you.
Custom Cataract Surgery: Toric IOLs
After standard cataract surgery, eyes that have high astigmatism will usually require strong glasses for both near and far distances. A new generation of high-technology Toric IOLs can be combined with Laser Assisted Custom Cataract surgery to minimize the eyeglass prescription after surgery. After Toric Custom Cataract Surgery, patients will require very minimal or no eyeglass prescription for far distances and will usually require only reading glasses.