Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Sufferers usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall, or a piece of wax paper, with gradual blurring or dimming of vision.
Reading may become more difficult and driving a car can actually become dangerous. Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision. As the cataract becomes worse, frequent changes in eye-glass prescriptions may become necessary.
Currently there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract from the eye.
Fort Myers and Naples Cataract Surgery
In your parent’s or grandparent’s day, Southwest Florida cataract surgery was considered risky, required a lengthy hospital stay and was usually postponed for as long as possible. Today, cataract surgery is performed on an out-patient basis and takes only a few minutes. Patients can then go home and rest in comfort and avoid the inconvenience and expense of staying in a hospital.
LenSx Femtosecond Laser
Snead Eye Group is proud to offer the revolutionary LenSx® laser which provides cataract patients with an optimized refractive cataract surgery experience. Typically, cataract surgeries are performed manually where the surgeon uses a blade to create all of the incisions during the procedure. With the introduction of the first FDA cleared custom cataract laser, the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser, the cataract surgeons at SNEAD EYE GROUP have the ability to create incisions and reduce astigmatism with a laser. The incisions are more accurate and precise, thus eliminating some of the variables that have complicated cataract surgery results in the past. Recent results show that the laser is up to 10x more precise than manual techniques for portions of the cataract surgery. By exhibiting a high level of accuracy and precision, outcome of cataract surgery with LenSx is more predictable. Studies have shown that with cataract surgery using the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser at SNEAD EYE GROUP, patients have a better chance of seeing 20/20 or better vs. manual blade incisions.
During your procedure the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser has many advantages . Prior to cataract surgery, SNEAD EYE GROUP performs a number of tests as well as take measurements to plan your cataract surgery. While measurements are taken before your procedure, the LenSx® Cataract Laser uses a range of highly advanced technologies including integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) to capture precise, accurate, high-resolution images of your eyes. With the data collected from these images – and measurements a plan can be created for your cataract surgery that had not been possible with traditional technology.
Your cataract will be removed with an advanced technique called phacoemulsification, or small-incision cataract surgery. Using only a topical anesthetic, a “stair-stepped” incision of about 1/8″ is made in the sclera (white part of the eye), or in the clear cornea (just above the area where the cornea meets the sclera). The cataract is then broken into microscopic particles using high energy sound waves and gently suctioned from the eye. Then, to compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, an intra-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye. After using this special “stair-stepped” incision, the eye remains tightly sealed by the natural outward pressure within your eye.
Lifestyle Lens Options
For the individual who desires the least amount of dependency on glasses AND the very best vision possible, at all ranges near through distance, for everything you do. Multifocal IOLs are the best of the best and desired by busy people on the go! This package includes: Advanced multifocal lens, and limbal relaxing incision if necessary
- Can eliminate the need for glasses for most activities.
- Multifocal IOLs may also be available that have the ability to correct astigmatism.
- Can be performed by LenSx.
For the individual who desires better distance vision and correction of astigmatism. Toric IOLs offer improved night vision and less dependence on glasses while driving. The ideal patient includes those bothered by astigmatism, people who utilize a computer for numerous tasks, and people who enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and golfing. This package includes: High Definition Aspheric lens or Toric lens, and limbal relaxing incision if necessary.
- Ideal for patients who want clear distance vision without glasses.
- Can be performed by LenSx.
Standard Monofocal IOLs
For the individual that desires good vision but doesn’t mind wearing glasses. This package includes: Basic Monofocal lens, usually correcting distance vision. However, if you have astigmatism you will need glasses for all ranges of vision.
- Costs are typically covered by Medicare and other insurance.
Cataract Surgery Using Self-Sealing Incision and Topical Anesthesia
Topical anesthesia and self-sealing incisions have taken cataract surgery to the next level. Many patients are able to see with clear vision much sooner after the surgery. In most cases it is now possible to return to daily activities such as driving and reading almost immediately. With “eye drop” anesthesia, there is rarely the need to inject the eye which delays vision restoration and could cause temporary swelling and skin discoloration.
Successful Cataract Surgery
Everyone heals somewhat differently, but many cataract patients report improvement in their vision almost immediately after the procedure. Most patients return to their normal work and lifestyle routines within a day or two.
According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, more than 98% of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved after surgery. Many patients experienced vision that is actually better than before they developed cataracts. Once removed, cataracts will not grow back. However, some patients may experience clouding of a thin tissue called the capsule or “bag” that holds the intra-ocular lens (IOL.) In most cases a laser is used to painlessly open the clouded capsule and restore clear vision.
Snead Eye Group works with Care Credit, a finance company that can help patients pay any high insurance deductible and help pay for Tecnis Multifocal or Toric Lens for cataract surgery patients. When patients apply and are approved we offer a two year, no interest rate, payment plan. Learn more about Care Credit financing.
The Choice is Yours
It can take months or years for a cataract to develop. How do you know when it is time to have a cataract removed? The answer is quite simple. The time to have your cataract removed is when you believe your quality of life would be better if you could see better. Only you can decide when it is time to open your eyes to a bright, clear world.
Because cataract surgery can be done with just topical anesthesia, patients typically feel nothing during or after the procedure. Previously, a needle was used to inject the eye anesthetic. However, with all the latest advancements, including the smaller incision, we can now use eye drops to numb the eye, which means no stick of a needle before surgery. The major advantage of not having to wear a patch, besides patient comfort, is that patients can immediately see the improvement in their vision.
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