While a comprehensive eye examination by an eye care practitioner can determine the presence of a cataract,
there are a number of signs and symptoms which may indicate a cataract:
- Blurred or hazy vision where colors may seem yellowed
- A tendency to become more nearsighted
- A gradual loss of color vision
- The feeling of having a film over the eyes
- An increased sensitivity to glare, especially at night
New Technology in Cataract Surgery
We perform a minimally invasive, no-stitch cataract surgery. The patient is given anesthesia to numb the eye. A tiny incision (2.75 mm or less) is made into the eye and a small ultrasonic probe is inserted. This probe breaks the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and gently removes those pieces out of the eye.
There are a wide range of replacement lenses available to cataract patients, each offering different advantages for your post-surgical vision. The most effective lens implant depends on each patient’s individual preferences and goals for their vision. The latest lens implants help eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery, providing convenient, effective results for your specific visual conditions.
In the past, cataract implants were only able to correct distance vision, often leaving patients with the need for reading glasses. Multifocal IOLs offer patients freedom from glasses after cataract surgery by improving vision at all distances and at any time of day. Up to 80 percent of patients do not need to rely on glasses with multifocal IOLs.
Toric IOLs are specifically designed for patients with astigmatism. In the past, patients with astigmatism would need eyeglasses or contact lenses even after cataract surgery as the basic lens implants did not correct for astigmatic refractive error. Toric IOLs, such as AcrySof Toric ®, corrects cataracts and astigmatism with just one lens and provides a more convenient and affordable solution.
ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens
AcrySof® ReSTOR® is one of the first IOLs to provide cataract patients with a quality range of vision. In clinical trials, 80 percent of patients reported never having to wear reading glasses or bifocals following cataract surgery in both eyes.
The AcrySof ® ReSTOR ® lens is a foldable IOL that has a unique, patented optical design which allows patients to experience the highest level of freedom from glasses after cataract surgery. It does not rely on the eye muscles, which weaken with age, to quickly change focus to see objects at near, intermediate and far distances. This allows 80 percent of cataract patients, with and without presbyopia (age-related vision loss), to see clearly without the aid of glasses or bifocals.
It is important to understand that while ReSTOR ® is a new technology, intraocular lenses are not new. Lens implant surgery for cataracts is the most commonly performed surgery in the U.S. and has been performed for more than two decades. However, for years, medical researchers have been eager to find a lens that would give patients the range of vision they wanted. ReSTOR ® works by diffractive and refractive properties which allow an exceptionally high degree of freedom from any form of corrective eye glasses.