Cataract Surgery Options
Please choose from the following education videos from Key-Whitman Eye Center.
Introduction to Cataracts
Dr. Whitman: Hello. I’m Dr. Jeffrey Whitman and our Key-Whitman cataract surgery
team is joining me today. Welcome to the Key-Whitman Eye Center. If you
are viewing this video it is likely because you have been told you have
What is a Cataract?
Dr. Haq: Cataracts form as the natural lens in your eye becomes more dense and cloudy
as you age or because of certain diseases or previous retinal surgery.
Do not worry; everyone at some point develops cataracts and at Key-Whitman,
we have a vast experience of helping people just like you see again. You
have probably noticed changes over the years that have made driving at
night more difficult and maybe you’ve had to stop doing things that
you love, because you just can’t see well enough even with the very
best glasses. For many it can be very frustrating.
What are my options?
Dr. Whitman: The doctor and our counselors, after your examination and after listening
to you about your lifestyle needs, will recommend an implant that we hope
will lead to the best visual outcome. Normally with traditional cataract
surgery, after you’ve healed, you will see clearly again but you
will have to wear glasses for your best faraway and up-close vision. This
is because you may have pre-existing astigmatism remaining and presbyopia,
or the inability to focus to see objects at close distances. The good
news is that over the last decade, great advances have been made in intraocular
design and technology. At Key-Whitman, we have our new technology lenses
that give you the option of reducing your dependence on glasses after
cataract surgery. Many of our patients who choose these high technology
lenses are able to return to their normal activities less dependent on
glasses. Because your insurance company considers these high technology
lenses to be partly cosmetic, there will be additional out of pocket costs
for these lenses above what your insurance company pays for a traditional
lens. After we’ve verified your insurance benefits, your counselor
will be able to discuss all your options, including ways to pay for it.
Dr. Barke: There are 4 main types of implants.
- A traditional lens has a fixed power within it that does not treat astigmatism,
near or intermediate vision.
- The Toric lens implant which will correct both your distance vision and
treat your astigmatism
- A multifocal implant which will leave you able to see better at near, far
and in between by using concentric rings of power built into the lens
much like bifocal and trifocal lenses.
- Crystalens, an accommodative lens implant, works more like your natural
lens did when you were younger. It automatically focuses like a camera
by moving back and forth within the eye to help focus at distance, mid
range and near.
Dr. Warren: Implanting your lens takes just a few minutes but it will be a permanent
choice, so careful measurements and a clear understanding of your hopes
and desires will all be taken into account when your surgeon plans for
your lens implant choice. Unfortunately, since this IS surgery, no guarantee
of final visual result can be made. In the rare event of a complication
that does not allow for the implantation of the primary lens choice, a
backup lens of another type is always selected and ready if needed.
Everyone is different and only you can decide when it is safe to drive
and return to work. If you need the other eye done, we will confirm that
date at your second postoperative visit. I hope this video helps to answer
some of your questions and we look forward to helping you see better soon.