Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery to Restore Vision Loss Caused by Cataracts

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Mar-2012

1Dr. Whitman and his team of experienced ophthalmologists at Key-Whitman specialize in intraocular lens implant surgery to help restore vision loss caused by cataracts.Cataracts are one of the most common eye disorders among elderly people. As we age, the lens portion of the eye can become cloudy. A cataract is a clouding of the focusing lens of the eye located just behind the pupil. Once the lens begins to cloud, it cannot be reversed, and will gradually get worse. Cataracts will increasingly limit an individual’s ability to see street signs, drive at night, read, and even step off curbs or steps carefully. To remove a cataract, the lens just behind the pupil must be removed.

To restore vision once the lens has been removed, it must be replaced with an artificial lens. In the past, most patients who underwent cataract surgery were left with some dependency on glasses or contact lenses particularly to see near, as the artificial lens could not fully restore vision for all ranges. Traditional implants, IOLs, are “fixed” within the eye, allowing vision to focus at only one distance. Therefore, most patients with traditional IOL implants are dependent on glasses to see, to read, and perform other close-range activities. With new technology available today, patients can elect to have an accommodative or multifocal lens inserted, which can make them less dependent on glasses and contact lenses for all activities.

At Key-Whitman, we offer many choices to cataract patients including Crystalens®, ReSTOR®, Tecnis® Multifocal Lens, the Acrysof®Toric IOL, aspheric monofocal lenses with limbal relaxing inscisions and the traditional aspheric monofocal lens implant. Your doctor will discuss your best options at the time of your evaluation.

Crystalens® is the most advanced intraocular lens available and is the only lens implant that is naturally focusing, allowing the eye to see clearly at any range. Performed on more than 7 million eyes around the world each year, Crystalens® is an excellent option to restore vision from cataracts for qualified patients who are in good health.

At Key-Whitman Eye Center, all of the cataract surgeries are performed in an outpatient facility. Our surgeons use the Safe Touch Cataract Surgery™ method – a no-stitch, precise, and gentle technique developed by Dr. Whitman. After the surgery, most of our patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately and to care for themselves with little or no help from others. With our Safe Touch technique, the eye heals more quickly and there is no discomfort from stitches, as with other cataract surgery methods.

Eventually everyone develops cataracts. Though most of us will develop cataracts in our sixties and seventies, patients with diabetes can develop cataracts early on. There are no immediate symptoms of cataracts, as the vision gradually diminishes. If you notice a change in your vision, or you are over 50 years old, call Key-Whitman for a comprehensive eye exam.

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