Advanced Cataract Surgery
Cataract Surgery THEN:
Some of us can still recall the way cataract surgery was done in our parents’ and grandparents’ day. The hospital stay…the sandbagging…the lengthy recovery time. And don’t forget the “coke bottle” glasses they had to wear for the rest of their lives.
Cataract Surgery NOW:
The more than three million people who will have cataracts removed this year are fortunate to live in a time when cataract correction is so very convenient, safe, and comfortable.
During the outpatient cataract procedure, the surgeon removes the clouded lens and implants an artificial intraocular replacement lens (IOLS)—either a standard IOL or a premium IOL—in its place to restore focus. The incision heals naturally and no stitches are necessary. Soon after the procedure, you may return home. Vision improves immediately following surgery, with complete recovery in a few days.
What happens during cataract surgery?
Topical eye drops are administered to anesthetize the eye and dilate the pupil, and medications are provided for relaxation. The cataract is removed using the latest techniques and a crystal-clear IOL is implanted. This procedure is quick, comfortable, and highly effective. After the procedure, drops are administered to control inflammation and prevent infection.
Thanks to advancing technology, we now perform laser-assisted cataract surgery in addition to traditional cataract surgery.
What are my replacement lens options?
Before surgery, you will select which type of IOL will replace your clouded natural lens—a standard monofocal lens or a premium “lifestyle” lens. Relax…there are no “bad” choices. Each replacement lens offers it own unique advantage. Your choice will depend largely on how you feel about wearing reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.
A standard monofocal IOL restores focus at one distance. It does not compensate for age-related loss of reading vision (“presbyopia”), so those who opt for this type of replacement lens usually need glasses to improve near vision or to fine-tune distance vision. Most monofocal lens recipients are quite happy with their choice. However, if you are bothered by your need for reading glasses or bifocals, or if you have both cataracts and astigmatism, you may want to consider a premium IOL:
- Premium Toric IOLs: Used to treat cataracts and correct astigmatism at the same time and significantly improve distance vision
- Premium Multifocal “Lifestyle” IOLs: Used to restore ability to focus at various distances
Your eye surgeon will help you make the best selection for your lifestyle and vision needs.
Before advising you, your surgeon will want to know more about the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle, and the demands of your occupation and hobbies. He may ask:
- What kind of work you do
- How many hours a day you read
- How many hours a day you use a computer
- What types of outdoor activity you enjoy
- What your hobbies are and whether you do close up work, like sewing or knitting
- How much driving you do at night
- Whether you like to travel
- How bothered you are by wearing glasses
Ultimately, the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?”
Does Medicare cover all types of IOLs?
Medicare permits cataract patients to select either a standard replacement lens implant or a premium replacement lens implant. However, Medicare patients pay privately for the portion of the charges for the implantation of a premium replacement lens and related technical services that exceed the benefit for a standard monofocal replacement lens.
When can I resume normal activity?
Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Our doctors will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and will answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.
Can cataracts be removed from both eyes on the same day?
Generally, a cataract is removed from one eye first, with our doctors monitoring the healing and vision of that eye before scheduling the procedure for your other eye.
Cataract Surgery at Augusta Eye MD is...
- SAFE: Our doctors perform cataract correction under the high magnification of a microscope using small instruments and ultrasound energy.
- COMFORTABLE: Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye during cataract surgery. Sophisticated, modern techniques mean NO stitches and a quick, natural recovery.
- EFFECTIVE: Patients experience an almost immediate improvement in vision.
- STATE-OF-THE-ART: We utilize the latest surgical techniques, automated surgical equipment, and advanced cataract correction technology—including the femtosecond laser and premium intraocular replacement lens implants—to provide your best possible vision.
- AFFORDABLE: We gladly accept Medicare assignment.
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