The decision to have cataracts removed is made when a patient begins to experience diminished vision, along with negative symptoms, that affect the patients’ daily life. Using state-of-the-art surgical equipment, revolutionary lens options, and substantial expertise, Dr. Brian Smith will perform cataract surgery. During this very common and successful outpatient procedure, the cataract (clouded lens) is removed and replaced with an artificial, intraocular lens.
Prior to cataract surgery patients will choose an intraocular lens that will be implanted during their procedure. Dr. Smith will thoroughly discuss each lens, which include: the monofocal, ReSTOR, and Toric lens. Given the patients’ history and lifestyle, Dr. Smith will then make a lens recommendation based upon the patients’ individual needs.
This standard lens is included, as basic coverage, under most insurance carriers including Medicare. It corrects either distance or near vision only, meaning patients who receive this standard implant with cataract surgery may need glasses for either near or distance vision.
This premium lens implant is designed to correct the focusing power of the lens and also reduce or eliminate astigmatism. If a patient has astigmatism and needs cataract surgery, the AcrySof® Toric lens is a revolutionary way to correct both conditions at the same time. The AcrySof® Toric lens also includes high-energy blue light protection, which helps protect your eyes from damaging UV rays, along with artificial lighting, such as fluorescent light bulbs. The Toric lens does not correct near-vision and most patients will need glasses for near-vision activities after surgery.
New technology has made it possible to permanently implant a lens having multiple focal points. This allows patients to have a range of clear vision without glasses of any kind. There are many different options for patients but in Dr. Smith’s hands 98% of the patients after receiving this lens bilaterally function in all their daily activities without glasses. Patients who have worn glasses all their lives or who were dependent on reading glasses for years can now expect to be spectacle free following cataract surgery.
The femtosecond laser for laser assisted cataract surgery is one of the newest advancements in cataract surgery. The computer controlled laser is able to perform many parts of the cataract procedure with a degree of precision and accuracy that exceeds what the human hand of a surgeon can do. It allows for a more predictable lens placement and superior refractive outcome. The Eye Surgery Center of Hinsdale was one of the first centers in the Chicagoland area to use the femtosecond laser.
Current multifocal intraocular lens technology has advanced to the point where patients can expect to perform all or almost all of their daily activities without glasses of any kind. The lenses set up multiple focal points that allow excellent vision at distance, intermediate and near vision. In Dr. Smith’s hands, approximately 98% of patients are able to free themselves of any type of glasses after cataract surgery with a multifocal lens implant. Of course not all patients are candidates for this advanced lens so be sure to ask Dr. Smith if this style of lens is a good choice for you.
Astigmatism is where one axis of the cornea is steeper than another. Most patients with astigmatism need to wear glasses all the time or toric contact lenses to see well. Astigmatism can be compared to having the front part of the eye shaped more like a football then a basketball and results in blurred vision at both distance and near. The newer toric intraocular lens implants allow correction of high amounts of astigmatism, usually eliminating the need for distance correction with glasses after cataract surgery. When combined with the femtosecond laser, even the most severe amounts of astigmatism can be effectively neutralized.