What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. By age 80, more than half of all North Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract can occur in one or both eyes.
Cataracts Happen to Everyone
Cataracts are one of the most inevitable changes that happen with age. They affect nearly 20.5 million people in the U.S. aged 40 and older. Cataracts may be unnoticeable at first, but as they develop, they can interfere with your lifestyle.
Cataracts can be corrected through eye surgery. With over 3 million procedures performed each year and a success rate of 95%, cataract surgery is not only one of the most common surgical procedures in the US, it is also one of the most successful.
The most common symptoms are:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Faded appearance of colors
- Glare and poor night vision
A New Era in Cataract Surgery: Blade-free, Safe and Precise
In addition to advanced intraocular lenses, Visionary Eye Doctors offer two kinds of cataract surgery performed at a state-of-the-art surgical center: traditional cataract surgery or laser-assisted cataract surgery.
Traditional cataract surgery a frequently performed vision correction surgery and is highly dependent on the ophthalmologist surgeon’s skills, volume and experience. In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a special blade to create an incision or opening in the eye. With the laser-assisted cataract surgery, the surgeon creates an incision in a specific location, depth and length in all planes with the femtosecond laser (1053 nm infrared laser that produces photodisruption of optically transparent tissues).
Visionary Eye Doctors is proud to offer our patients the world’s most advanced femtosecond laser for cataract surgery – the FDA-approved CATALYS® Precision Laser System. The CATALYS® laser allows the precise automation of several steps of cataract surgery, including the softening of the cataract to decrease energy needed during the surgical procedure. It is well known that excessive ultrasound energy is harmful to corneal endothelial cells, which are essential in maintaining the clarity of the cornea and final vision outcomes. CATALYS® Precision Laser System provides our doctors with the ability to now tailor a highly customized surgical plan for his cataract patients that will result in improved safety, accuracy and visual results.
Astigmatism Correction During Cataract Surgery
Because astigmatism involves the cornea being more curved in one axis than the other (like a football shape), the limbal relaxing incisions made in laser cataract surgery can reshape the cornea, making it look more like a basketball (round). In addition, we offer toric implants and Tuulign astigmatism correcting ocular implants during cataract surgery.
Convenience of Multifocal Lens Implants
Multifocal lens implants offer the convenience of less dependence on reading glasses compared to standard lens implants. Many patients who choose multifocal intraocular lenses find they can be glasses-free or may only need reading glasses occasionally for reading small print after cataract surgery. Although they might still prefer eyeglasses for prolonged reading, most people with multifocal lens implants can enjoy the convenience of performing these simple near tasks without putting on reading glasses.
ORA SYSTEM™-GUIDED CATARACT SURGERY
Our Cataract Surgeons utilize ORA System™ (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) and VerifEye+ Technology, which are state of the art innovations to help our surgeons choose the best intraocular lens power for your eye at the time of surgery, in real-time, based on your eye’s measurements and astigmatism needs. This very accurate data gives our Surgeons an unprecedented level of valuable information about the eye which allows them to customize each patient’s procedure for the best visual outcome. ORA Intraoperative Aberrometry can be used during both traditional and femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery.
Prior to having this new technology, surgeons have been unable to assess the quality of vision during the procedure and would have to wait until weeks after the procedure to determine the accuracy of the results. While no surgery has a 100% guarantee in perfect results, the instantaneous feedback provided by ORA has proven to be invaluable for making minor adjustments in the surgical suite for a more confident and refined calculation of patient’s lens power for an optimal outcome. This new technology takes our refractive cataract surgery procedure to the next level.
The ORA™ analysis can be utilized to optimize any cataract procedure, whether the patient is having bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery or traditional cataract surgery, and regardless of the intraocular lens implant selection. The analysis guides our Surgeons in the correction of the patient’s eye to help ensure optimal outcomes.
If a patient has astigmatism, the ORA System™ may also improve the accuracy of their correction to help reduce the chance that the patient will need eyeglasses after their cataract procedure.
To learn more about ORA System™ and for a unique eye care experience that includes state-of-the-art cataract removal, come to Visionary Eye Doctors.