Cataracts and Surgical Options

What are cataracts?

As we age, the natural lens of the eye becomes opacified.  The commonly occurs after age 55 or even earlier if there are underlying conditions such as diabetes or trauma.  The opacified lens is named a cataract.  Common symptoms that occur with cataracts include increased glare, haloes, and eventually difficulty seeing even with appropriate spectacle correction. The indications for treatment depend on how much the diminished vision impacts daily function.

 

How are cataracts treated?

The mainstay of cataract treatment is surgery.  The surgery involves removal of the lens nucleus and cortex using micro instruments and replacing the material with a lens implant.  The surgery dates back to the times in ancient Egypt, but the technique (thankfully so!) has evolved immensely over the years.  Cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries one could have.

 

What options do I have for lens implants in cataract surgery?

The options for cataract surgery lens implants are plentiful, unique, and can even be confusing.  Our eyes function like cameras that typically have only one focal point after a certain age (you can only see clearly at a distance, at near, or somewhere in between).  Multifocal lenses, toric lenses, and multifocal toric lenses are some of the most advanced options on the market today. Schedule a cataract consultation request with Dr. Chan if you have questions.

 

I hear about lasers in cataract surgery. I want my surgery to be performed using a laser!

Over the past several years, the technique of using a laser to perform several of the steps during cataract surgery has become increasingly popular.  Often described as “Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery”, this technique is an option for patients who prefer to experience the most cutting edge technology available.

 

Schedule your cataract consultation with Dr. Chan today!