What are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Our natural lens helps focus light entering the eye, and when clouded you may notice blurred vision. Cataracts are a normal aging change that develops throughout our lives and usually become visually significant in our 50’s and 60’s, although people of any age can develop visually significant cataracts.
What causes cataracts?
Aging is the most common cause of cataract formation. Some people can be born with cataracts and certain medications can induce cataract formation at an early age.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
- Consistently cloudy or blurred vision.
- Increased glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights especially at nighttime.
- Poor night vision.
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye.
- Colors seem faded.
- Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- These symptoms also can be a sign of other eye problems. If you have any of these symptoms, check with your eye care professional.
Are there factors that make you more at risk?
The risk of cataract increases as you get older. Other risk factors for cataract include:
- Certain diseases (for example, diabetes).
- Certain medications (steroids).
- Personal behavior (smoking, alcohol use).
- The environment (prolonged exposure to ultraviolet sunlight).
Cataract surgery is among the most common procedures performed in medicine. Modern cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. It is usually performed while you are awake and takes approximately fifteen minutes.
During the cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The small incision created to remove the cataract self seals, usually without the need of any stitches. You will use eyedrops during the first month and your doctor will monitor your progress at the postoperative visits.
Cataract Surgery Options
Cataract surgery continues to evolve with new technology. There are choices to consider in how your surgery is performed and what technology is used to give you the visual outcomes you desire.
Our goal at Moyes Eye Center is to provide a premium experience to all of our patients undergoing cataract surgery regardless of what options you choose. The question you need to think about is, “How important is it to be in less need of glasses or contacts after surgery?”
Please familiarize yourself with the different options that are available for your cataract surgery and your doctor will review these with you at your cataract evaluation. If you still need to schedule a cataract evaluation you can schedule an appointment here.
Standard Cataract Surgery
The standard procedure has provided great surgical results over the years. All incisions are made by the surgeon with precision scalpels. Astigmatism will not be reduced or corrected. A monofocal lens implant will be used. Glasses will be needed to correct for distance, intermediate and near vision.
LenSx All Laser Incision Package
LenSx laser will create all corneal and cataract incisions. Laser relaxing incisions will reduce astigmatism. A monofocal lens implant will be used. Glasses will be needed to correct for distance, intermediate and near vision.
LenSx Distance Package
LenSx laser will create all corneal and cataract incisions. Laser relaxing incisions will reduce astigmatism. A monofocal lens implant will be used. LASIK vision correction is included to tune vision for distance as needed. Glasses will be needed to correct for intermediate and near vision.
LenSx Multifocal Package
LenSx laser will create all corneal and cataract incisions. Astigmatism incisions will reduce astigmatism. A multifocal lens implant will be used. LASIK vision correction is included to tune vision as needed. Minimal glasses will be needed to fine tune vision.
Is there an additional cost for cataract packages?
Most medical health insurances cover standard cataract surgery other than copays and deductibles. There are additional fees for the LenSx all laser incision package, LenSx distance package and LenSx multifocal package.
Which package is right for me?
Your doctor will go over the options available at your cataract evaluation. Prior to your exam it is important for you to think about how important it is for you to be less reliant on glasses or contact lenses. The options above can reduce the need for distance glasses, near glasses or both. There are also options to reduce the strength (thickness) of your glasses or reduce astigmatism, making your glasses or contacts easier to use.
LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery
The LenSx Laser is a femtosecond laser that can be used during cataract surgery to create all of the incisions and break apart the cataract. Femtosecond technology incorporates image guided laser treatments to increase the reproducibility and precision of surgery. Femtosecond lasers have been used in refractive surgeries for years and now patients have the option of choosing a computer controlled cataract laser to take care of the most critical steps of the cataract surgery procedure.
How Does it Work?
The LenSx laser replaces the traditional handheld blades to optimize incisions for precise and accurate surgical performance. It uses integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) to capture high resolution images of your eye. Your surgeon uses these images to customize the corneal incisions and all lens incisions for your surgery. The LenSx laser then creates these incisions with femtosecond precision in under a minute.
Laser Cataract Surgery Offers:
Laser precision incisions
Advanced astigmatism reduction
Laser precision cataract removal
Our Cataract Team
Andrew Moyes, M.D.
Clinic Manager and Surgical Coordinator
Daniel Bettis, M.D.
Cataract and Glaucoma/ MIGS Specialist
Michelle Boyce, M.D.
Cataract and Corneal Specialist
Anthony Verachtert O.D.
Cataract Pre and Post Op Care