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 cataracts.
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.