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What are Cataracts
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded, resulting in decreased vision that gets progressively worse over time. Many patients opt for cataract eye surgery to improve their vision. Please read on to find out about cataract removal, the types of cataract surgery procedures available, and lens replacement.
Surgical cataract removal is usually optional. It is done primarily to improve vision and quality of life. In most cases, the decision to have cataract surgery is entirely the patient’s.
More rarely, a cataract may impair the treatment of other eye problems. If this is the case, Dr. Zaffater may recommend surgery. Other possible cataract treatment options include stronger glasses or bifocals.
Patients should discuss these alternatives to cataract eye surgery with Dr. Zaffater in order to make the most informed decisions regarding their treatment.
Cataract eye surgery involves the removal of the natural, clouded lens of the eye and its subsequent replacement with a clear, artificial lens. The cataract surgery procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The entire cataract surgery usually takes less than an hour.
There are several variations in both the removal and the replacement portions of the surgery. The technique used depends on the patient's needs and the physician's diagnosis, as well as the type of cataract involved.
Types of Cataract Surgery
The extracapsular cataract eye surgery procedure involves the removal of the lens, leaving the capsule in place. This provides added support and improves the healing ability of the eye. The most commonly performed type of extracapsular cataract surgery in the United States is phacoemulsification. Phacoemulsification softens and breaks apart the lens using ultrasound technology. After phacoemulsification is achieved, the cataract surgery is completed with the removal of the lens, leaving the capsule in place.
LenSx Laser for cataract surgery
The LenSx® laser is a computer-controlled, bladeless cataract laser which allows the surgeon to perform the most critical steps of the cataract surgery procedure. The LenSx® laser is the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients today. The LenSx system creates a custom map by capturing precise hi-res images of your eyes which means the cataract surgery procedure is 100% customized. Please see the video within the "LenSx Laser for Cataract Surgery" section of this website.
Intracapsular cataract eye surgery involves the removal of the entire lens, including the capsule. This is a less frequently performed type of cataract surgery procedure due to increased complications associated with it, including heightened risks of retinal detachment and swelling.
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) replace the natural lens within the lens capsule. They are inserted through a small incision and unfolded inside the eye. After cataract surgery with implantable lenses, glasses or contact lenses are needed in only about 10 percent of the cases. Cataract eye surgery patients who are extremely nearsighted may find that they still need to use glasses or contact lenses to improve their vision.
ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric Lens
Some 4 million cataract surgeries are performed in the U.S. every year. Of those, more than 50% have astigmatism that can corrected using an intraocular lens. Astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of the eye that affects vision. Today Dr. Zaffater offers an innovative lens that addresses astigmatism as well as presbyopia, an age-related condition that makes it difficult to see at near distances.
In the past, patients who had astigmatism would often need additional vision correction, such as corneal incision, laser surgery or continuing to wear glasses or contact lenses following surgery. The ReSTOR Multifocal Toric lens changes that. With this lens, patients who have astigmatism have the potential of gaining clear vision without any additional assistance from glasses or contacts. This offers them a full range of vision – near, mid-range and far.
The lens is also an option for patients who do not have cataracts.
This lens, which has been used throughout the world prior to introduction in the U.S., was approved by the FDA in the fall of 2016. Dr. Zaffater was the first surgeon in the Bossier City - Shreveport area to implant this new lens.
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Potentially Eliminate Cataracts and the Need For Glasses All at Once
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a breakthrough intraocular lens (IOL) that corrects near, distant and intermediate vision. This lens is used to replace the cloudy lens during the cataract removal procedure. This lens can also be used in patients who do not have cataracts but want to have their vision corrected at all distances without the need for glasses or contacts.
How does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens differ from other IOLs?
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a multifocal IOL. Traditional IOLs are monofocal. As the name implies, monofocal lenses can only give you clear distance vision, which means reading glasses are still needed. The multifocal property of the Restor lens allows individuals to see clearly at multiple distances (near, intermediate, and distance).
The Leading Choice for Cataracts and Astigmatism
If you have astigmatism and cataracts, we may recommend another advanced lens called the AcrySof® Toric lens. It’s the first IOL that treats preexisting astigmatism at the same time it corrects cataracts, so you don’t have to undergo two separate procedures. You will also enjoy improved quality distance vision.