CATARACT SURGERY / Lens Implants
To the right is a picture of a cataract and some example lens implant styles. A cataract is the clouding of the lens in your eye. The lens both transmits and focuses light entering the eye on the retina, the back of the eye. The causes of cataract are many with the most common causes aging and excessive sun exposure.
Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States with over three million performed yearly. The first lens implant used in cataract surgery was some 65 years ago but it was not until the early 1980s that the FDA approved implants for physicians to use at the time of cataract surgery.
The Optometrists at The Eye Doctor’s Office since 1976 have diagnosed, treated and surgically co-managed thousands of patients with cataracts. Our role in the management and treatment of your cataract is to prescribe the best prescription eye wear to give you the best vision and monitor the progression of your cataract and eye health until the cataract matures enough to require surgical removal. As with Lasik, we are your advocates and will let you know when the surgical option is the best. We will not recommend unnecessary surgery and when surgery is the treatment choice we will refer you to one of our affiliated Ophthalmologists that are trained and experience to handle your case.
Cataract surgery has come a long way since the first implant 65 years ago and although as with any surgical procedure is not without potential complications but the complications are few and the quality outcomes are the rule. Today the lens implant choices are many including:
- Traditional implants to correct distance vision
- Multifocal(bifocal) lens implants to correct all distances and reduced dependency on eye wear after cataract surgery
- Astigmatism implant lenses
- Aspheric intraocular lenses to reduce aberrations and distortion
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Dr. Bob Consor & Dr. Jenifer Nguyen