Dr. 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.
Key-Whitman, we offer many choices to cataract patients including
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
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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