Cataract Treatment options
More than 1.4 million people in the U.S. have cataract surgery each year. More than 95% of cataract surgeries are performed with no complications and improved vision.
You and your ophthalmologist should decide together when cataract surgery is appropriate for you. Thanks to innovative medical advances, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today. Cataract surgery is a common outpatient procedure performed using a topical anesthetic, causing little discomfort. The goal of the operation is to remove the cataract and insert a synthetic lens to replace the natural lens. Traditionally, the surgeon performed these tasks by making a tiny incision in the eye and then using an instrument about the size of a pen tip.
A small incision is made close to the edge of the cornea. A tiny, high-frequency ultrasound instrument is inserted that breaks up center of the lens. Broken-up cloudy lens material is removed through the incision.
An Intraocular lens (IOL) implant is inserted into your eye to replace the cloudy lens. The IOL is customized for your eye; restores focusing power. The IOL usually placed behind the iris (posterior chamber lens), but sometimes placed in front of iris (anterior chamber lens).
Most cataract surgical procedures are performed without complications and result in immediate improvement in vision. You will apply eye drops for several weeks following surgery to reduce the possibility of infection and/or inflammation in the eye. You may need an eyeglass prescription to obtain your clearest vision following surgery.
In a number of cases, the natural capsule supporting IOL can become cloudy after cataract surgery. A Posterior Capsulotomy, (laser surgery done in the office) can be performed to opencloudy capsule and restore clear vision. This procedure is normally done in a surgery center but we are able to perform this procedure directly in our office.
LASER CATARACT SURGERY
Now patients also have the option of choosing a bladeless, computer-controlled laser to perform several of the most critical steps of cataract surgery. The LenSx femtosecond laser is an advanced precision technology that operates with computer control, helping surgeons to customize the procedure to your eye. It is a technologically advanced option for cataract patients as well as those with increased astigmatism, as the LenSx corrects moderate astigmatism.
Please watch below for an informational video about the LenSx.
Lens Implants for Astigmatism
The AcrySof® Toric IOL
Astigmatism is an optical condition that can blur vision at both distance and near. Until recently, patients with significant amounts of astigmatism were forced to still depend on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange surgery to improve their vision.
The AcrySof® Toric Intraocular Lens has advanced technology that can eliminate the cataracts that cloud your vision and correct the astigmatism that distorts your vision all at the same time. In a recent FDA study 97% of patients were able to eliminate the need for glasses to see in the distance and achieved 20/25 or better. Patients enjoy activities like sports, driving, or watching T.V. and movies without the need for contacts or glasses.
MULTIFOCAL LENS IMPLANTS
The Restor Multifocal Intraocular Lens corrects vision for near, intermediate and far distances. The lens willcorrect vision far away, up close and all distances in between. In most cases, this lens eliminates the need for glasses after cataract surgery. The multi focal implants are in many ways similar to bifocal and multifocal contacts. Because multifocal lenses are implanted inside the eye, they don't require any care and routine replacement like contact lenses do.
Traditional Lens implants
Traditional intraocular lenses have a spherical optical design, meaning the front surface is uniformly curved from the center of the lens to its periphery. A spherical intraocular lens can induce minor optical imperfections which can affect quality of vision, particularly in low-light conditions such as driving at night.
Premium lenses, on the other hand, match more closely the shape and optical quality of the eye's natural lens, and thereby can provide sharper vision — especially in low light conditions and for people with large pupils.
The latest innovation in cataract surgery is now available with Dr. Ronald Frenkel. The ORA System,state-of-the-art “smart” eye surgery allows your expert surgeon Dr. Frenkel to take precise measurements and evaluate accuracy during the procedure. If needed, he can instantly make any adjustments, such as refining the incisions, fine-tuning the power of the Intraocular Lens implant or even performing a lens exchange if the pre-selected lens isn’t a perfect fit. Fully customizing the entire procedure to each patient’s eyes helps ensure optimum clarity and focus, making the ORA System instrumental in achieving the best outcomes for cataract surgery