How to Treat Cataracts

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 29-May-2013

optometristequipmentCataracts -- a cloudiness that develops on the lens of the eye -- are a common eye condition, especially among aging adults. Once cataracts begin to develop, it is not possible to reverse the cloudiness of the lens or to halt further development. Cataract surgery is the only way to restore vision that is lost due to cataracts. The good news for patients with cataracts is that unlike other eye diseases, in most cases, cataracts don’t cause injury to the eye. Cataract surgery is necessary to restore vision loss, but not to avoid eye damage.

Cataract symptoms can vary based on the severity of the cataracts. If the cataracts remain small, they may not affect vision much at all, but the larger and denser the cataracts, the more they will affect vision, requiring cataract surgery for treatment. Due to the varying progression of cataracts, your ophthalmologist may decide to perform cataract surgery one eye at a time.

During surgery, the clouded lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. Unlike other eye conditions, treating cataracts isn’t urgent (unless they are so advanced you are completely unable to see) because although they affect your vision, cataracts do not typically cause damage to the eye.

Key-Whitman provides several options to cataract patients for lens replacement than the standard monofocal lens, which corrects vision at a single distance. Multifocal lenses will correct vision at a variety of distances and may even eliminate the need to wear reading glasses following surgery. Cataract treatment options available at Key-Whitman include:

  • Crystalens® -- An intraocular, multifocal lens implant that is used to improve vision near and far away. Individuals who undergo Crystalens® laser eye surgery can eliminate their dependence on contact lenses, bifocals and reading glasses. Crystalens® is the most advanced form of intraocular lens implant cataract surgery. It is also the only naturally focusing lens available to correct vision at multiple focus distances.
  • TECHNIS® Multifocal Lens -- An implantable lens used to correct near and far vision and may also eliminate your need for reading glasses due to presbyopia. Ninety-four percent of patients say they would choose TECHNIS Multifocal lenses again.
  • AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® -- And intraocular lens (IOL) that is the latest advancement in cataract surgery technology. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is designed to provide enhanced image quality and a full range of vision, giving cataract patients the best opportunity to live life free of glasses.
  • AcrySof® IQ Toric -- Implantable lenses designed specifically for cataract patients with astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision with a monofocal intraocular lens, but the AcrySof® IQ Toric lens will be better able to restore your vision.

Dr. Whitman explains more of the differences in these cataract procedures in this video.

If you are considering treatment for cataracts, contact Key-Whitman to schedule a comprehensive exam. We will be able to discuss all of your options with you. As with any medical procedure, it’s best to do your research prior to committing to treatment. Key-Whitman will help explain all of your options to you.

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