Cataracts & Lens Implants
Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens called an IOL.
We perform a minimally invasive, small-incision, no-stitch/ no shot cataract surgery called phacoemulsification ("phaco") surgery. First, the eye is numbed with anesthesia. Then a tiny incision is made in the eye to make room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces.
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iStent- a procedure for Glaucoma and Cataracts
Proven safe and effective, the iStent is safely implanted during cataract surgery and spares essential eye tissue that is often damaged by traditional surgeries. The iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA. For patients with combined Glaucoma and cataracts, the stent is placed in your eye during cataract surgery and is so small it can only be seen by a microscope. iStent is designed to create a permanent opening in your trabecular meshwork, and works continuously to improve the outflow of fluid from your eyes to help control eye pressure. Since the iStent is placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery, the procedure is only lengthened an additional 5-10 minutes.
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After the cloudy lens has been removed, a new artificial lens, or IOL, is implanted in the eye. With the recent advance of foldable IOLs (intraocular lenses), artificial lenses can be implanted through the same small incision from the phaco procedure.
Flexible IOLs have been used for years to help patients enjoy clear vision after cataract surgery. The advanced ReSTOR® lens improves upon ordinary IOLs by providing a full range of focusing distances. A series of 12 gradual "step heights" create seamless focusing ability from near to far, while the edge of the IOL enhances distance vision. A feature called apodization also helps the eye distribute light evenly in different lighting conditions. Best of all, up to 80% of patients who use the ReSTOR® lens don't need glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
AcrySof Toric IOL for Astigmatism
AcrySof Toric IOLs are specially designed for patients with astigmatism. Traditionally, surgical correction of astigmatism required making a series of small incisions (called LRIs) around the cornea to make it more spherical instead of football-shaped. Implanting toric IOLs often improves vision due to astigmatism without the need for these extra incisions, and also allows patients to enjoy a faster, more comfortable recovery.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Patients who do not qualify or do not want laser vision correction may consider traditional surgery, specifically, the new technology of refractive lens implants. Using methods similar to those in cataract surgery, refractive lenses are implanted in front of (phakic intraocular) or in place of (clear lens replacement, or CLR) the eye's natural lens. Both procedures take approximately 30 minutes.