Treating Cataracts with High Technology Lenses

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-May-2014

TreatingCSMALLCataracts are one of two common eye conditions that cause decreased vision quality in aging adults. Approximately 22 million Americans over age 40 and about 60 percent of people over age 60 will develop cataracts, resulting in more than 1.5 million cataract surgeries performed each year in the United States.

Patients with cataracts have more than one treatment option available. Although a lens clouded with cataracts cannot be cleared, vision lost due to cataracts can be restored if the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. Intraocular lenses (called intraocular lens, or IOL for short) are highly advanced medical devices designed to mimic the natural crystalline lens of the eye. There are a number of different types of IOLs designed to meet a variety of eye health and lifestyle needs.

There is no such thing as the "best" lens, but there is a lens that is best for you. With the newest technology, some patients may very well have the option of maintaining an active lifestyle without the encumbrance of glasses and contacts after cataract surgery. Implantable lens options available at Key-Whitman include:

• Trulign® and Crystalens® are accommodative lens implants. The unique Crystalens® design allows you to enjoy a wider, more natural range of vision for most activities, including reading a book, working on the computer, or driving a car. Trulign® allows for the same, and includes toric treatment for astigmatism. Crystalens® is the only naturally focusing IOL available today and is the clear choice for patients wishing to preserve not only their intermediate vision, but obtain a continuous range of vision.

TECNIS® Multifocal Lens and AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® are implantable multifocal lenses that restore vision after cataract surgery and treat presbyopia (vision loss with age that creates the need for reading glasses). These option s can restore a patient’s youthful vision and provides the patient an excellent chance of becoming independent from glasses for most daily activities.

• Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery is available for patients who qualify. This latest and proven technology allows eye surgeons to view the cataract in high resolution and precisely perform some of the most delicate portions of the surgery, including the treatment of astigmatism using a computer-controlled laser beam of light. To learn more, visit www.technolaspv.com.

Your post-cataract surgery vision depends on choosing the right IOL implant for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons to discuss your lifestyle and vision needs and help determine which high technology lens option is best for you.

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