What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of your natural lens which is located right behind the pupil. A normal lens should be clear to allow light to bend into the eye for optimal vision. Over time it becomes clouded due to protein buildup usually caused by environmental exposure. Patients over 55 years of age are usually more at risk for cataract development, although they can occasionally develop in infants and young children. Common symptoms associated with cataracts include glare, halos, and hazy/dull vision. Once these symptoms start to impact your quality of life, your ophthalmologist will then suggest surgically removing the cataract. At Ticho Eye Associates, we will assess the severity of your cataract and will devise the best surgical plan for you.
Standard Cataract Surgery
With standard cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will remove your existing clouded lens and will replace it with a clear artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). With this process, your doctor must make a small incision with a blade on the cornea in order to perform the lens exchange. The surgery is a quick outpatient procedure which usually lasts about twenty minutes.
Laser Cataract Surgery (LenSx)
Laser cataract surgery is quickly becoming the top choice for patients and ophthalmologists in terms of removing cataracts due to the precision, low energy use, and the improved healing time that it offers. This procedure differs from standard cataract surgery due to the fact that it is bladeless and relies on femtosecond laser technology to create the surgical incisions needed to remove the cataract. After the laser creates the corneal incision and breaks up the cataract, the lens exchange takes place.
Laser cataract surgery also has a bonus in offering a better refractive outcome for patients, where small added corneal incisions aid in reducing the amount of astigmatism in the eye, which leads to sharper distance vision.
This type of IOL corrects distance vision after cataract surgery.
This type of IOL sharpens distance vision for patients with high astigmatism by correcting astigmatic refractive error.
Multifocal (Restor) IOL:
This type of IOL corrects your vision range at near, intermediate, and distance.
This type of IOL corrects your vision range at near, intermediate, and distance while also correcting astigmatic refractive error.