Cataracts affect over 20 million people over age 40. Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures done on aging Americans. Patients have never had so many great options when considering cataract surgery given the significant technology advancements today.
Surveys have shown that sight is the sense most people fear losing. Cataracts are an eye condition that has a good surgical solution available and the technology keeps advancing. Today, Intraocular Implant Lenses (IOLs) are inserted through micro-incisions that do not even require stitches to heal. Newer advanced technology (AT) IOLs, known as Accommodative, Multifocal and Toric lenses, can help improve your vision at near, intermediate and distance with reduced dependency on glasses. Accommodative lenses move in your eye to focus similar to the lens’ natural movements. Multifocal have focusing areas for distance, intermediate and near similar to progressive eyeglasses. Toric lenses can be used to correct astigmatism.
Surgical technique and technology have also been improving. Historically, micro-incisions for cataract removal were made with a blade. Today, Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery offers a predictable incision made with a laser. The blade incision is still an option however; Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery is designed to provide a highly customized cataract surgery experience.
While no doctor can guarantee that you’ll be free of glasses, there have never been so many great options when considering cataract surgery. Instead of waiting for a “ripe” cataract, surgery can now also be an option when cataracts start affecting your quality of life and lifestyle.
Dr. Allen Zieker is experienced with all the latest technologies described above. Go to www.ophthalmicconsultants.com or call 777-2777 for more information.