Cataract Surgery address clouded vision caused by the aging of the lens and can improve visual acuity with intraocular lens implants. If you suffer from blurred vision, problems with glare, halos around lights or difficulty seeing at night, you may have cataracts. Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes for a variety of reasons, but are often associated with aging, hypertension, exposure to harmful elements, eye injury or secondary effects of diseases. Cataracts are one of the leading cause of vision loss among adults ages 60 and older. The operation to remove cataracts can be performed at any stage of their development and can restore visual acuity that has not been experienced for years. Once it is determined that your vision loss is due to cataracts, Dr. Baynham will determine if you are a candidate for surgery.
Dr. Baynham performs a no stitch cataract procedure that allows for faster healing with less down time. This results in better outcomes which increases the likelihood of seeing clearer without glasses.
Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL)
During cataract surgery, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in the eye to restore clear vision. Today, there are a variety of lens implants that a patient can choose. These include; Distance vision implants (monofocal), Bifocal implants, and Astigmatism correcting implants (Toric).
Monofocal Lens Implants are fixed lenses which are designed to improve your vision at one distance. Most patients who have this lens implanted will have improved distance vision, and will need to wear glasses for reading. You can also choose to have better close vision for reading, but will then need glasses for distance, such as driving. This lens is covered by your medical insurance.
Bifocal Correcting Lens Implants are intraocular lenses that improve both near, intermediate and far vision. Presbyopia is natural age change, whereby a person looses the ability to focus from far to near objects. Two types of implants, Accommodating and Multifocal implants reduce the need for glasses and increase the chance of living a life without the hassle of glasses. Our team of surgeons will discuss these lenses in more detail and will determine which lens implant is best for your eye’s specific needs.
Toric Lens Implants correct astigmatism that is natural to many people. Astigmatism is a common condition where there is an abnormal shape to the cornea or lens. Instead of being more rounded, the shape of the eye is more oval, like that of a football. Astigmatism causes blurred and distorted vision in people who have higher amounts present in their eye. Astigmatism is corrected in your glasses or contact lenses. If astigmatism is not corrected after cataract surgery, then patients will need to wear corrective lenses to see clearly. For those with higher levels of astigmatism, the Toric lens implant will reduce or eliminate astigmatism allowing for a higher quality of vision without glasses.
Whether you’re experiencing the onset of cataracts or a long-time sufferer finally seeking solace, a life free of blurred sight is possible with the latest cataract surgery advancements. By replacing a blurred natural lens with intraocular lens implant, you will improve your vision and could be bifocal, glasses or contacts free after cataract surgery. Recognizing the importance of staying on the cusp of technological innovation, Walton Eye Care offers a variety of lens implant options, including standard Monofocal, Multifocal Restor® , AcrySof IQ®, or AcrySof IQ ® Toric lenses.