Today’s Cataract Patient
Cataract technology mirrors the requirements of today’s cataract patient, and Jenkins Eye Care has kept pace with both – today’s cataract patient and the advancements in cataract technology.
Today’s baby boomer generation is active, youthful and they expect to have good vision for life. They are too busy traveling, golfing and generally being on-the-go to worry about wearing glasses or contact lenses every day. Gone are the days when patients were forced to wear thick reading glasses after cataract surgery.
With the advanced cataract technology at Jenkins Eye Care, it is possible to give today’s cataract patients good vision at multiple distances.
Causes for Cataracts
A cataract is a common condition that causes a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Most cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up your eye’s lens. They can also be caused by other eye or medical conditions such as diabetes, trauma, past eye surgery or certain medications. Most cataracts develop slowly but will eventually interfere with your vision making it more difficult to read and drive, especially at night
Traditional vs Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery involves the surgeon manually creating tiny incisions with a blade, followed by the removal of the cloudy lens (cataract) using ultrasound vibrations (phacoemulsification) and replacing it with a man-made lens implant.
Laser cataract surgery is an advanced technology that adds computer-control to key steps of cataract surgery using a femtosecond laser. With the LenSx® femtosecond laser for cataract surgery, Jenkins Eye Care is now able to plan and perform your cataract procedure with greater accuracy and precision. High-resolution images of your eye, allows our surgeons to customize each procedure. Three dimensional, real time images guide them in the proper alignment of laser made incisions bringing a new level of precision to cataract surgery.
Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery
- Anterior capsulotomy – LenSx® provides a more precise circular incision that opens the clear, cellophane-like capsule that wraps the natural crystalline lens of the eye. This incision makes for a more accurate placement of the intraocular lens.
- Lens fragmentation – LenSx® pre-softens the cataract minimizing the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataract leading to faster visual recovery.
- Corneal incisions – LenSx® creates all incisions of the cornea associated with cataract surgery including those that can treat astigmatism.
Advantages of LenSx® vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery
- Precision – LenSx® automates the most challenging procedures in cataract surgery creating the highest level of precision available with a laser instead of a blade.
- Safety – LenSx® may increase safety and potentially minimizes risk by providing a faster and less invasive procedure.
- Control – LenSx® offers real time images to guide the surgeon for proper alignment.
- Astigmatism – LenSx® can be used to manage low to moderate degrees of astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery as opposed to a manual incision using a surgical blade with traditional surgery.
All procedures done with the LenSx® laser are considered premium refractive surgery and require out-of-pocket charges. We will be happy to discuss these additional fees, typically not covered by insurance, and options for financing making Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery a feasible option for those who indeed are candidates for this premium technology.
During your evaluation, our surgeons will discuss whether traditional or Laser Cataract Surgery is the best option for you. Please contact us to find out more about Laser Cataract Surgery or to schedule an appointment.
One of the most important developments in Cataract Surgery over the last 30 years is intraocular lenses. Today’s cataract patient can choose from a number of intraocular lenses (IOL) to provide great vision for their individual lifestyle.
In consultation with our surgeons, patients can select the IOL that best meets their needs. Consider your lifestyle and what activities you do the most. What are your expectations after cataract surgery and explain this to your surgeon.
It might be driving at night, reading, clearly seeing the dashboard of their car, or being able to participate in certain hobbies or activities.
Cataract patients can decide what is most important to them and can even decide to live a lens free lifestyle. Imagine living life in freedom without glasses or contacts!
Some of these lenses are considered premium lenses and require an additional out of pocket charge. Contact us if you have questions about premium lenses.
Mono-focal lenses have been used for several. They have a fixed focal point that is generally set for distance vision while still needing glasses for near activities. On the other hand, people that have the lens set for reading will use glasses to see things in the distance.
Another way mono-focal lenses are used is setting one eye for distance vision and one for near vision thereby reducing the need for reading glasses, this is called “mono-vision.” Patients considering this option may want to try this technique with contact lenses first to make sure they can adapt to mono-vision. Standard mono-focal lenses are usually covered with the expense of the surgery.
The Toric lens is a mono-focal lens that is designed to correct astigmatism. As a mono-focal lens, individuals with the Toric IOL may still need reading glasses to see near vision objects, but can expect to see clearly due to the astigmatism correction. People with significant amounts of astigmatism are usually most satisfied with Toric IOLs.
Multifocal Lenses are specially designed to optimally distribute light to distance, intermediate and near focal points. This advanced technology provides patients with high-quality vision and a chance to become spectacle independent.
There are multiple types of Multifocal lenses used at Jenkins Eye Care
RESTOR multifocal IOL and TECNIS multifocal IOL are two types of lenses most often used by our surgerons.
Learn more about the RESTOR lens HERE
And the TECNIS Multifocal lens HERE
Accommodative lenses are used in situations where both distance and near vision is desired without the use of spectacles. The accommodating lens is designed to mimic the movement of the natural lens of the eye. The muscles in the eye are able to shift the IOL to change our visual focus from distance to near objects.
Today’s cataract patient doesn’t settle for mediocre vision. If you want to experience all that life has to offer with clear vision and the freedom of being spectacle free, explore your options and expect the quality of care and advanced technology found specifically at Jenkins Eye Care.
Today’s cataract patient has options.
What are your goals after cataract surgery?
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