Understanding Cataract Treatment
Surgery is the only way to remove cataracts and get back to clear vision. Cataracts happen gradually as your eyes get older, and the natural lens in your eye will eventually need to be removed and replaced with an artificial Intraocular Lens in order for you to see clearly.
During cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes the cloudy natural lens from your eye (the cataract) and replaces it with an artificial lens, also known as an intraocular lens (IOL).
In addition to discussing Advanced Lenses with you, your eye doctor may also discuss Advanced Technologies they may use during your cataract surgery.
Many modern cataract procedures involve the use of a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks up the cloudy lens into small pieces which are then gently removed from the eye with suction. This procedure is called phacoemulsification or "phaco.”
Some cataract surgeries also may involve the use of femtosecond or “femto” lasers, which are similar to the lasers used in LASIK procedures. Femto lasers create corneal incisions, break apart a cataract and create a custom-sized opening allowing an artificial lens to be perfectly centered in your eye. Unlike what many patients’ think cataracts cannot be treated with corneal refractive surgery like LASIK.
Additional Advanced Technology may be used during surgery to provide unparalleled precision and control during your cataract surgery. Learn more about how these tools are used to ensure accurate results.
It is very important to choose the lens that best matches your vision goals.
There have been many advancements in lens technology to help improve vision beyond the removal of your cataract. Talk to your eye doctor to learn more about the options to help you see near, far and everything in-between.
Cataract Correction Made Simple
The lens that Andrew received during his cataract surgery has enhanced the comfort and pleasure of his life. “I never thought my vision would be so good at age 81.”
Tracey didn’t realize what she was missing ahead of cataract surgery, watch her story to learn the benefits of knowing your lens options before cataract surgery.