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LASER OR "BASIC" CATARACT SURGERY
What is a cataract?
As we get older, the natural lens inside our eyes that we are born with becomes cloudy over time, which causes a blurring of vision. Cataracts occur in EVERYBODY though they may occur at different ages. There are different types of cataracts that may occur at different ages.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
Blurring of vision, glare or light sensitivity, difficulty driving at night, double vision in one eye, dimming of colors, and a frequently changing eyeglass prescription
How are cataracts treated
The only definitive way to remove cataracts is by having them removed with surgery. Be sure to ask Dr. Arthur and Dr. Jeremy Cotliar, about all of the exciting new technology in cataract surgery!
CATARACT SURGERY QUESTIONS: 1)LASER OR "BASIC" CATARACT SURGERY
Cataract surgery traditionally has always been one of the most common, most predictable, and safest surgeries done in the world. This surgery involves removing the cloudy cataract from the eye and implanting a new clear lens implant or IOL in its place. Up until recently, this surgery has been done only with the surgeon's hands and with sharp instruments. Now, with the amazing advancement of the FEMTOSECOND LASER, such as the CATALYS LASER AND THE LENSX, cataract surgery has become more precise, gentle, and predictable than ever before! Both Dr. Jeremy and Dr. Arthur Cotliar are very proficient in both laser cataract surgery and basic cataract surgery. Laser-assisted cataract surgery allows Dr. Arthur and Dr. Jeremy Cotliar to minimize the need for scalpels during cataract surgery.
WHICH LENS (IOL) OPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Before cataract surgery, the patient will have measurements of his or her eye done to help determine which IOL at what power will give the patient the best quality of life after surgery depending on each patient's lifestyle needs. The type of IOL implanted will make a difference in a patient's ability to see after surgery. MONOFOCAL IOLs are commonly used, but patients will typically need to wear glasses after having this lens implanted, as this lens implant only has one focal point, either for the distance or up close. This lens is typically covered by insurance.
The Alcon LenSx Laser
PRESBYOPIA- CORRECTING OR ACCOMODATING IOLS
These newer technology IOLs eliminate or reduce the need for glasses after cataract surgery. In the multifocal IOL, such as the ZMB00, ZKB00, ZLB00, a series of focal zones or rings are grinded into the lens. Depending on where the incoming light hits the lens, a patient may be able to see both distance and near objects clearly. The accommodating IOL, such as the CRYSTALENS can move forward and backward inside the eye when the muscles contract and relax to allow for both distance and near vision. It usually takes 6-12 weeks for the eye to adapt to these special lenses after cataract surgery.
TORIC IOL TO CORRECT ASTIGMATISM
This is a monofocal IOL with a built-in astigmatism correction. Astigmatism is a condition which distorts and blurs vision, as the eye is shaped less round like a baseball and more oval like a football. Patients are typically extremely happy with the TORIC IOL.