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.
The surgical options to remove Cataracts are:
- LenSx® Femtosecond Cataract Laser
Snead Eye Group is committed to offering the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment for superior surgical outcomes. Snead Eye Group is the only practice in the Southwest Florida area offering LenSx Femtosecond Cataract Laser surgery in BOTH of their surgery centers. Snead Eye Group is proud to offer the revolutionary LenSx® Femtosecond Cataract 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 can 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 LenSx® Femtosecond Cataract Laser at Snead Eye Group, patients have a better chance of seeing 20/20 or better versus manual blade incisions.
During your procedure the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser has many advantages. Prior to cataract surgery, Snead Eye Group performs several tests to 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.
Cataract surgery with LenSx® can be performed at our Naples or Fort Myers Eye Surgery Center, as we are the first and only practice in the area that has invested in this technology for both facilities.
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.
Multifocal lenses are 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
- May also correct Astigmatism
- Can be performed by LenSx®
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. The 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.
Sometimes after cataract surgery, the back or posterior part of the lens capsule, or lens covering, becomes cloudy or opacified. This cloudiness is usually caused by cells growing onto the back of the capsule, causing blurred vision, glare or light sensitivity. Although not a true cataract, it is often referred to as a “secondary cataract.”
In a cataract operation, the cloudy lens from your eye (the cataract) is replaced with an artificial lens. In about 10% of cataract surgery patients, the thin membrane behind the lens (called the posterior capsule) can become hazy. This causes blurred vision, much like a cataract.
To treat this posterior capsule opacification, doctors use a type of laser called a Yag Laser to clear away the cloudiness so that light may pass freely to the back of the eye.
This procedure is done as an outpatient procedure that does not require anesthesia. In most cases, a Yag laser posterior capsulotomy will restore vision back to normal.