A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Recent studies have shown that seventy percent of people over the age of 75 years of age have Age-Related Cataracts and may be corrected through surgery. Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens that makes it cloudy. This buildup prevents light from passing through the lens, causing some loss of vision. It is not known what causes the buildup of protein responsible for clouding the lens.
Some Symptoms include:
- Difficulty reading
- Trouble driving at night
- Light sensitivity
If you or anyone you know is experiencing the onset of cataracts, laser cataract surgery in Austin Texas can help regain not only your vision but your quality of life. With laser cataract surgery with the LenSx® laser you will be able to rest at ease knowing your eyes are being worked on with one of the most technically advanced laser on the market. This bladeless, computer controlled laser allows the surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to customized to your eye without using a blade.
Advantages of Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery:
- Correcting Astigmatism with precise laser incisions
- Using less energy in the eye to remove the cataract
- Creating precise margins and cuts that seal very well and reduce the need for any stitches
- Creating the same sized capsule opening every time that holds the lens implant in place very accurately.
Are you a candidate for cataract surgery? If so you now have an important decision to make. Advanced technology now allows you the option to upgrade your cataract surgery by electing to implant an artificial lenses. These new lenses will allow you to see near, far and all distances in between with reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Please take the time to talk with your cataract surgeon about your lens options to help determine what lens would be best for you. Below is a quick description of each type of lens that could be implanted in your eye
Monofocol IOL is used to provide the patient with a fixed focus for one distance. With a Monofocol IOL you are only able to choose one distance and the focus will not change after surgery and if focused at distance you will always need reading glasses.
Toric IOL: For Cataract patients who have astigmatism, and who do not wish to wear eyeglasses to see clearly at a distance, choosing a Toric Lens Implant can help them be free of glasses for tasks such as driving that require clear distance vision. If patient is focused for distance, patients will still need glasses for up close vision.
1) Crystalens is an artificial lens implant that, unlike a standard IOL, can treat both a person’s cataracts and presbyopia; this means the need for reading glasses is reduced.
2) Multifocal Lens Implants can also can treat both a person’s cataracts and presbyopia. This lens that has a different power in the center of the lens and another power in the border of the lens so that vision can be focused for far or near out of the same eye. This lens has zones on its surface which help the eye focus at distance, intermediate and near.