Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) in order to provide focus. Most commonly the IOL is focused for distance and patients will need glasses for near and reading. There are Multifocal IOLs, such as the Restor and Technis Multifocal, that allow for distance, near, and sometimes intermediate correction. The Multifocal IOLs are the best opportunity for patients to gain spectacle independence and freedom from wearing glasses after cataract surgery.
Many cataract patients also have astigmatism. Astigmatism is when the surface of the eye is not completely round, but rather steep on one side and flat on the other (akin to a football). This irregularity in the curvature leads to distortion and blurring of the vision. A Toric IOL can correct for that astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. For patients with higher degrees of astigmatism, the Toric IOL will provide the sharpest and clearest vision, compared with the basic IOL. Another option for reducing astigmatism during surgery is a limbal relaxing incision in the cornea.
Our surgeons at Premier can guide you on which IOL is right for you. Trust your eyes to Harrisburg’s Best Ophthalmologists!
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery With Alcon LenSx®
Premier Eye Care Group now offers Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. We are one of the few practices in the area offering this bladeless technology. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery is customized to each patient’s needs. It provides incredible accuracy, precision and tremendous patient outcomes.
Laser Cataract Surgery (FLACS- femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery) provides higher precision and accuracy for incisions. Small degrees/amounts of astigmatism can be corrected with the laser, which improves sharpness in the vision. The laser can be used to break up the cataract prior to removal with the traditional phacoemulsification instrument, which lowers the amount of energy used in surgery. Lowering the energy used to break up the cataract makes the procedure safer for harder, denser, more mature cataracts and also conditions with unstable cataract/lens support. Lower energy also makes it safer for eyes with Fuchs dystrophy or corneal guttata, where the corneal can swell after surgery from too much energy used.
If you are a patient who doesn’t like the thought of having a very sharp blade in or around your eye during eye surgery, bladeless surgery with LenSx® may be more appealing to you. According to a surgeon at the Wills Eye Institute “It’s as a mix of “Harry Potter and Star Wars.”