Cataracts -- 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.