Cataract Surgery
Contents:
Introduction
Getting Ready for Cataract Surgery
Understanding the Procedure
Forms

Introduction

      As we age, our eyes age also.  The most well known age-related vision change is the development of a cataract
Contrary to popular belief, a cataract is not a type of “film” that forms over the surface of the eye. A cataract is your own lens.  At first, you notice this in your forties at which time you begin to need reading glasses, or have to take your glasses off to read. As you age, your lens becomes cloudy  and you have difficulty seeing even with glasses.  This is a gradual process in the density and clarity of the lens inside your eye.

    As the eye ages, the lens becomes cloudier, allowing less light to pass through. The light that does make it to the retina is diffused or scattered, leaving vision defocused and blurry. Cataracts generally develop slowly and painlessly. In fact, you may not even realize that your vision is changing. Still, cataracts can progress until you eventually experience a complete loss of vision, and neither diet nor laser treatment will make a cataract go away. The only truly effective treatment for cataracts is to remove the clouded lens altogether.
     Fortunately, cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective surgical procedures – it’s also one of the most successful. The idea of surgery may seem a little scary at first, but once you understand the process, and the life-changing, sight-restoring benefits it can offer, you'll likely wish you had the procedure even sooner!

Getting Ready for Cataract Surgery

Once you’ve decided to have cataract surgery, your doctor will work with you to help choose the intraocular lens, or IOL: An artificial lens that is implanted in the eye during cataract surgery to replace the eye's clouded crystalline lens., that will be placed in your eye during the procedure.

There are three basic types of IOLs, each designed to correct vision at a specific visual range:
     1. Monofocal IOL: An intraocular lens that provides patients with only one focal point. Typically, these lenses only correct distance vision. You will still need reading glasses.   If you decide you do not want to wear reading glasses, Dr Taylor can make an adjustment  in the IOL power so that you can wear glasses for distance and not reading.  However,  if you have astigmatism, you will still need both distance and reading glasses, or a bifocal.
     2. Toric IOL. This IOL is designed to correct astigmatism.  The FDA approved the AcrySof® IQ Toric intraocular lens (IOL), March 2009. This IOL offers an enhanced technology that improves image quality and increases contrast sensitivity in cataract surgery patients with astigmatism. This  innovative lens design offers these patients the best opportunity for quality distance vision without glasses.  You will still need reading classes with this IOL.

     3.Multifocal IOL:  lenses are designed to correct a full range of vision – near, far and everywhere in-between. The ReStor Lens Implant uses apodized diffractive technology, there are actually two images and your brain chooses which one, a design that responds to how wide or small the eye's pupil might be, to best provide near and distance vision, no intraocular lens can promise you perfect vision or that you will never have to wear glasses ever again. But in FDA studies with this lens, most patients reported that they never wore glasses after the procedure. When patients did need to wear glasses, most often it was for near vision and fine print.


Dr Taylor will work with you to decide which IOL is best suited for your unique visual needs.

Understanding the Procedure

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes only 15 to 30 minutes. Here’s a brief overview of the process:

Forms

Anesthesia Questionaire
Astigmatism Management and Correction with Cataract Surgery
Pre and Post Op Instructions
History and Physical
Informed Consent for Cataract Surgery
Lens Selection Medical Necessity
Presbyopia Correction with Cataract Surgery
ReSTOR
Surgery Center Form
Toric IOL Consent Form